China reports almost all new infections outside Wuhan originated abroad

first_imgFor the second day in a row, there were no new infections in Hubei outside of the provincial capital of Wuhan, where new cases fell to the lowest level since Jan. 25.Special institutions like prisons, detention centers and nursing homes in Wuhan, which have seen nearly 1,800 confirmed cases as of March 5, still have potential risks in virus control and prevention, the Communist Party’s Politics and Law Commission said on Saturday.The total number of confirmed cases in mainland China so far is 80,651.The death toll from the outbreak in mainland China was 3,070 as of the end of Friday, up by 28 from the previous day.The central province of Hubei, the epicenter of the outbreak, reported 28 new deaths. In the provincial capital of Wuhan, 21 people died.  About a quarter of China’s new confirmed cases and almost all of those outside the epidemic’s epicenter in Wuhan originated outside the country on Friday, according to official data.Most of these cases, which include infections of Chinese nationals who caught the virus abroad, were in China’s northwestern Gansu province, among quarantined passengers who entered the provincial capital of Lanzhou on commercial flights from Iran between March 2 and March 5.Mainland China had 99 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections on Friday, the country’s National Health Commission (NHC) said on Saturday, down from 143 cases a day earlier and marking the lowest number since Jan. 20, when the NHC started to publish nationwide figures. Topics :center_img Outside of central China’s Hubei province, there were 25 new confirmed cases reported on March 6, of which 24 came from outside China.The capital Beijing reported four new cases on Friday, of which three came from Italy, according to a notice from the Beijing health commission posted on its official Weibo account on Saturday.There were also three cases in Shanghai that originated abroad, and one in Guangdong province on Friday, according to the National Health Commission.The total nationwide number of cases that originated outside China reached 60 as of the end of Friday.last_img read more

West Java Health Agency faces troubles in tracing COVID-19 spread

first_img“It is important for us to know [the cases and patients] by name. However, up until now, the Health Ministry has not given us any information on the [confirmed] patients,” Berli said during the officiation of West Java COVID-19 Information Center in Bandung on Tuesday.Read also: COVID-19: Referral hospitals in West Java lack protective gear, medical equipmentOfficials from the Health Agency of West Java province were ordered to trace all of the medical team members that were in contact with Case 1 and  Case 2. Furthermore, officials at the city level can trace all of the people outside the medical team that are in contact with the confirmed patients.“Meanwhile, personnel at the puskesmas [community health facility] were told to educate the locals [about the disease and its prevention] to avoid mass panic,” Berli said.As of Tuesday, the West Java Health Agency had monitored 633 people concerning the COVID-19 infection. The close monitoring was conducted due to 633 people’s history of traveling or having direct contact with people from the COVID-19 clusters. As many as 235 out of the 633 have finished their monitoring process. In the close observation level, the agency has observed a total of 53 people in isolation facilities. Twenty-three of them have been discharged from the facilities. (gis) Topics : West Java Health Agency head Berli Hamdani Gelung Sakti said the agency faced difficulties in tracing the spread of COVID-19 in the region, a measure that has been taken following the Health Ministry’s recent announcement on a confirmed 27 cases in the country. The agency only had a basic knowledge of the backgrounds of Case 1 and Case 2, as well as other COVID-19 patients that had contact with Case 1 and Case 2, said Berli. They, however, did not have the elaborate documents concerning the said cases and patients, while such data would be important to conduct the trace to prevent the virus from widely spreading in the region, which is a home of 46.5 million people, he added. last_img read more

South Korea returns largely to normal as outbreak controlled

first_imgSouth Korea returned largely to normal Wednesday as workers went back to offices, and museums and libraries reopened under eased social distancing rules after new coronavirus cases dropped to a trickle.The South endured one of the worst early outbreaks of the disease outside China and while it never imposed a compulsory lockdown, strict social distancing had been widely observed since March.Employees were urged to work from home where possible while the new school term was postponed from its March start. “Many of our colleagues also came back to work today, so we are very excited about the reopening, we are very happy,” museum spokeswoman Lee Hyun-ju told AFP.Some workers were bittersweet about going back to the office.”I wanted to go home as soon as I sat down at my desk in the office today. But there is also this weird sense of stability,” wrote one Twitter poster. Another tweeted: “I feel like my holidays are now over.”The South reported two new infections on Wednesday, taking the total to 10,806, the Korea Centers for Disease Control said.Some professional sports, including baseball and soccer, are starting their new seasons this week after being postponed over virus fears, although the matches will be played behind closed doors.Schools are to reopen in stages starting from May 13.Under what Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun referred to as “everyday life quarantine”, South Koreans are still encouraged to wear face masks and wash their hands frequently, among other recommendations. Scores of events — from K-pop concerts to sports seasons — were delayed or cancelled, while museums and galleries were closed and religious services suspended. But the South appears to have brought its outbreak under control thanks to an extensive “trace, test and treat” program that has drawn widespread praise.In a population of 51 million, its death toll is little more than 250, and new cases have slowed to just a handful — 13 in the past three days, all of them arriving international passengers. More than 90 of the South’s imported cases are returning citizens.At least 100 people visited the National Museum of Korea in Seoul on Wednesday morning, and the first visitors of the day — a married couple — were given a bouquet of flowers by staff.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Indonesia, South Korea join hands in COVID-19 response

first_imgBetween the two countries, the COVID-19 outbreak began much earlier in South Korea, near the end of January, whereas Indonesia only reported its first confirmed case in early March.At the time, there were so many unknown factors to the disease, but now Indonesia stands to benefit from the wealth of data available to determine the direction of its COVID-19 response.“[It] would practically make the unknown that little bit more familiar, and researchers could shed more light on what works and what doesn’t or what policies could be pursued,” Umar said during a virtual discussion hosted by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), on Wednesday.South Korea endured one of the worst early outbreaks of the disease outside China, and while it never imposed a compulsory lockdown, strict social distancing had been widely observed since March. Indonesia looks to learn more from South Korea in raising its capacity to curb viral infections, officials have said, as the special strategic partners work together in the multilateral response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Having recorded some of the highest transmission rates in all of Southeast Asia, Indonesia has struggled to “flatten the curve” of infection due to its limited testing capacity and slapdash policy decisions.Indonesian Ambassador to South Korea Umar Hadi said the Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) and other related institutions could help Indonesian authorities respond better to the viral outbreak. Now the South appears to have brought its outbreak under control thanks to an extensive “trace, test and treat” program that has drawn widespread praise, AFP reports.In a population of 51 million, its death toll is little more than 250, and new cases have slowed to just a handful – 13 in the past three days, all of them arriving international passengers.At its peak, the country reported 909 cases in late February, Yonhap news agency reported.In contrast, since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the first confirmed cases, Indonesia has recorded 12,776 infections and 930 deaths, according to Thursday’s official tally.“I think Indonesia can learn from this valuable data,” Umar said.“We need a kind of more structured, institutionalized communication or sharing between the KCDC and maybe the BNPB [National Disaster Mitigation Agency] or the Health Ministry in Indonesia so we can also benefit from the data collected in [South] Korea.”CSIS executive director Philips J. Vermonte pointed out that the pandemic had exposed vulnerabilities in various aspects of governance in Indonesia, especially its decision making and institutional capacity.Unlike South Korea, which had taken swift action against the outbreak, Philips said Indonesia had been very slow to respond in the beginning, and then proceeded with a half-hearted policy.The government took almost two weeks after its first COVID-19 case to set up a rapid response team, and the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) were only introduced by the end of March, at a time when more than 1,500 people were already infected by the coronavirus.Since the onset of the pandemic, Indonesia and South Korea have joined hands to cooperate on mitigating the health crisis.In late March, South Korea put Indonesia on its priority list for quarantine supplies exports, which includes test kits.The government in Seoul recently pledged to provide a US$500,000 grant to Indonesia in the form of test kits and rechargeable power sprayers for sanitation.Previously, the head of the national COVID-19 task force, Doni Monardo, said Indonesia exported ready-to-use personal protective equipment (PPE) to South Korea as compensation for procuring raw materials from the South to meet domestic needs.The Foreign Ministry’s director general for Asia, Pacific and African affairs, Desra Percaya, noted that the two countries just concluded negotiations on the Indonesia-South Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IK-CEPA), but said that, “in order for this to work, we should first address, adapt and adjust to the ‘new normal’ by working hand in hand to revive international trade as an engine for growth”.The two countries concluded the negotiations in November last year and look to sign the CEPA by the first half of 2020.South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia Kim Chang-beom hailed the cooperation, saying the two countries have worked well when compared to partnerships with other countries.“President Moon [Jae-in] and President Jokowi spoke the same language when they attended the G20 special virtual summit in April,” he said during the discussion on Wednesday.“And then our foreign ministers Ibu Retno [Marsudi] and Minister Kang [Kyung-hwa] have led efforts to tackle COVID-19 through global collaboration and coordinated responses at various forums.”Topics :last_img read more

Apple reopening 25 more US stores, will soon top 100 worldwide

first_imgThe stores will impose social-distancing rules, limit occupancy and some will offer only curbside or storefront service, she said.Apple does not disclose its retail store revenue. Direct sales, including retail stores, web and corporate sales, accounted for 31% of its $260 billion in 2019 revenue.Chief Executive Tim Cook declined last month to provide an outlook for the June quarter, citing business uncertainty created by the virus. First-quarter sales in China, reflecting that country’s store closings and lockdown, were $9.46 billion, about $1 billion less than for the same period a year earlier.Last week, Apple reopened its first five stores in the United States, requiring customers and employees to undergo temperature checks and wear masks before entering the premises.Apple has 510 stores worldwide and 271 in the United States.The website 9to5Mac reported that the company would reopen 10 of its stores in Italy beginning on Tuesday. Topics : Apple Inc will this week reopen more than 25 of its branded stores in the United States, the company said on Sunday, continuing a gradual process that has unlocked doors at nearly a fifth of its worldwide retail outlets.The iPhone maker in March shut all its stores outside of Greater China in response to the spread of the coronavirus. It started shutting its more than 50 Greater China stores in January and reopened them by mid-March.”Our commitment is to reopen our stores when we are confident the environment is safe,” Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s head of retail, wrote on Sunday in a note on the company’s website.last_img read more

Majority of Indonesians find distance learning costly: Study

first_imgThe majority of Indonesians find distance learning costly, especially among those with a lower socioeconomic status, a survey conducted by Saiful Mujani Research & Consulting (SMRC) has shown.The survey, which was conducted from Aug. 5 to 8 and polled 2,201 respondents across the country, found that only 6 percent of respondents said they did not find distance learning costly.”Among respondents with family members carrying out distance learning, 67 percent them said it was very or quite costly,” SMRC public policy manager Tati Wardi said in a virtual presser on Tuesday. Tati said the government should pay attention to this issue as students had been forced to study from home for months during the COVID-19 pandemic.“Of course the government should implement this […] However, they need to pay serious attention to the economic burdens,” she said.The survey showed that the higher a person’s education, the lower the tendency to state that distance learning was quite or heavily costly, and the higher a person’s income, the lower the tendency to state that it was costly.“There is 80 percent of respondents with a maximum income of Rp 1 million (US$67) per month who stated distance learning is quite or heavily costly,” she said. Read also: COVID-19 crisis opportunity for education reform in Indonesia”So obviously, distance learning has a serious impact, especially among those with a lower socioeconomic status.”Tati added one of the factors behind the burdening cost was internet, noting the survey also found that 92 percent of students said they had experienced obstacles in distance learning.“Around 47 percent of the respondents spent more than Rp 100,000 per month on internet for distance learning and about 52 percent spent a maximum of Rp 100,000 per month.”She concluded that the implementation of distance learning policies was still far from ideal. However, it was also unfair to blame the government for not anticipating the problems related to distance learning.“These findings indicate a crucial problem regarding the right to education and its relation to socioeconomic status. Those with higher incomes do not see it as a heavy burden, but it doesn’t apply to the poor. The government needs to respond to this gap.”Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim recently allowed the reopening of more schools amid the pandemic after previously giving the green light for schools in COVID-19 green zones, or low-risk areas, saying the policy was difficult but a necessary trade-off to maintain students’ spirits in a time of crisis. The move sparked criticism from teachers and pediatricians, who called for schools to stay focused on distance learning as they feared that sending children back to school could put them at risk of contracting the coronavirus.Topics :last_img read more

PREMIUMCapital market no longer ivory tower in Indonesia’s 75th year

first_imgLinkedin Forgot Password ? Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Google Documenting 75 years of resilience” is a series of special reports by The Jakarta Post to celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day on Aug. 17, 1945.Indonesia’s capital market has been thriving in the past decade, opening its doors to more and more common people thanks to technological advancements and relaxed requirements.However, the rising number of retail investors requires better investor protection, which still has room for improvement.“It’s very easy nowadays to find information on various products of the capital market compared to in the 1990s, when information was very limited and exclusive,” Hans Kwee, PT Anugerah Mega Investama director, told The Jakarta Post in late July.Read also: IDX rolls out discounts for companies looking to list on stock marketDespite the available information, financial literacy and investor protectio… Log in with your social account stock-market Indonesia-Stock-Exchange IDX #Indonesia75 OJK Financial-Services-Authority retail-investors financial-literacylast_img read more

Britain backs COVID-19 immunity studies with 8.4 million pounds

first_imgBritain said on Friday it will back three nationwide COVID-19 studies with 8.4 million pounds ($11 million) to fund research into understanding human immune responses to the pandemic coronavirus.The funds, from UK Research and Innovation and the National Institute for Health Research, will help scientists develop better immunity tests, study the body’s immune response to SARS-CoV-2 and understand why some people suffer life-threatening COVID-19 while others have mild or asymptomatic infections.”Together, it is hoped these studies will improve the treatment of patients and inform the development of vaccines and therapies,” the funding bodies said in a joint statement. “Importantly, these studies will determine when and how immunity persists or whether people can become re-infected [with COVID-19].”The funding will be split between the UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium, which will get 6.5 million pounds to study how effective immunity is developed and why people respond differently to the disease, and another research collaboration which will get 1.5 million to study the humoral immune response – molecules produced by the immune system to fight infection.Just under 400,000 pounds will fund a third project looking at key features of fatal COVID-19 and the impact the virus has upon the lungs and other vital organs.  Topics :last_img read more

Typhoon Maysak hits waterlogged Koreas with heavy rain, wind

first_imgHeavy winds and rain lashed much of the Korean peninsula Thursday after Typhoon Maysak made landfall, even as damage from a previous typhoon last week was still being repaired and a third typhoon gathered strength off the coast.Typhoon Maysak, the ninth of the season and the fourth to hit the peninsula this year, was among the strongest to strike Korea in years, and is expected to affect most of North and South Korea.Some areas on the southern resort island of Jeju reported more than 1,000 millimeters (39 inches) in rainfall since Tuesday, and the typhoon left some 120,000 households without power across the country, according to the weather agency and interior ministry. For a second week in a row, North Korea’s state TV carried overnight reports on Wednesday and Thursday showing storm surge and flooding, including in the coastal town on Wonsan.On Tuesday state news agency KCNA reported that measures were being taken across the country to fix street lights and roofs, inspect infrastructure, monitor water levels, and move ships to safe anchorages.”Officials of the Party and power organs at all levels are conducting intensive information campaign among people to let them deep understand the importance of work for preventing typhoon damage and methods of coping with its crisis,” KCNA said.North Korea’s agriculture sector is particularly vulnerable to severe weather, and this summer’s storms and floods have raised concern’s over the country’s already tenuous food situation.Typhoon Haishen, meanwhile, is forecast to make its way toward South Korea by early next week. Topics :center_img Hundreds of flights were cancelled and delayed, and the southern city of Busan in South Korea saw heavy winds as the storm’s track placed it squarely in its path.Typhoon and heavy rain warnings were issued for much of the rest of South Korea, which earlier this year saw the longest stretch of rainy weather on record, leading to deadly floods and landslides.The Japanese coastguard was searching for a cargo ship carrying thousands of head of livestock and dozens of crew members that went missing after issuing a distress signal due to Typhoon Maysak.North Korea took the brunt of last week’s Typhoon Bavi, and on Thursday, state media reported that the country’s premier, Kim Tok Hun, had toured flood-hit areas and discussed ways to limit damage from Typhoon Maysak.last_img read more

Unai Emery drops Denis Saurez selection hint ahead of Newcastle match

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 29 Mar 2019 2:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Denis Suarez is still waiting to make his first competitive start for Arsenal (Picture: EMPICS)Unai Emery insists Denis Suarez is ready to make his first competitive start for Arsenal ahead of Monday’s Premier League clash against Newcastle.The Spaniard arrived on loan from Barcelona in January but has struggled to make an impact and been restricted to making just six substitute appearances so far.Suarez started on Tuesday as Arsenal concluded their warm weather training camp in Dubai with a 3-2 win over Al Nasr, showing several flashes of promise and combining effectively with Mesut Ozil.On the 25-year-old’s chances of starting against Newcastle, Emery said: ‘I think he is OK for starting in the first eleven, to give us this impact. I think now our focus is collectively a very strong focus to help, in 90 minutes, 30 minutes or one minute.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We are going to need everybody, every player for the next matches.‘Now we have a lot of players ready, with a big mentality with a big performance to play and help us. For me like that, we can be stronger, more competitive for taking the big performance, with Denis or with another player.’Arsenal put themselves in a strong position with regards to a top four finish prior to the international break with a win over Manchester United which moved Emery’s side to within a point of third place Tottenham. Comment Arsenal moved to within a point of Tottenham in third place with a win over Manchester United earlier this month (Picture: Getty)The Gunners won’t face another ‘Big Six’ side between now and the end of the campaign but their manager denied his side have an easier run-in than their rivals.‘Each day, each match, for us and them, is very important. Thirty-eight matches give us [the chance] to be competitive, to play consistently,’ he added.‘Now we are taking as a big performance as Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham. Now it’s very important and I trust in us.‘I know we need to do a lot to be in the top four. I know Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are going to win a lot of points between this match and the last.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Unai Emery drops Denis Saurez selection hint ahead of Newcastle match Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more