Jakarta to add 11 COVID-19 reference hospitals following another case spike

first_imgThe Jakarta administration plans to add 11 COVID-19 reference hospitals as cases continue to rise in the capital.Jakarta currently has 67 COVID-19 referral hospitals and 170 hospitals providing services for COVID-19 patients. However, the city has recently been grappling with a rising number of hospitalizations among COVID-19 patients.According to the national COVID-19 task force on Monday, bed occupancy rates in isolation rooms and intensive care units (ICUs) in Jakarta had reached 69 and 77 percent, respectively. The current rate, which task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito said was “no longer ideal”, needs to drop to 60 percent to reduce the burden on healthcare workers.Currently there are 513 ICU beds and 4,054 isolation room beds designated for COVID-19 patients all across Jakarta.Read also: Jakarta to require all COVID-19 patients to be quarantined in hospitalsThe administration is currently aiming to increase the number to 4,800 isolation room beds and 650 ICU beds.With the addition of the 11 hospitals, the capital city would see 85 more ICUs and 286 isolation rooms for COVID-19 patients.Jakarta Health Agency head Widyastuti said the administration would strengthen the hospital networks around the reference hospitals so that patients with other diseases could still have access to health facilities.”We’ll map hospitals in each city, so we can strengthen the hospital network around the area, especially since some patients and conditions need continuous treatment [at hospitals],” she told kompas.com.Read also: Jakarta sees rising COVID-19 hospitalizationsOn Thursday, the capital city recorded yet another record-high of new COVID-19 cases with 1,406 people, bringing the total number of confirmed cases citywide to 43,709.Jakarta had reported 10,032 active cases as of Thursday with 1,253 fatalities and 32,424 recoveries.In a bid to slow down the rate of transmission, the administration is set to issue a policy that will require COVID-19 patients in the capital to be quarantined at coronavirus referral centers and hospitals.Under the new regulation, self-quarantine will no longer be an option for COVID-19 patients regardless of whether or not they exhibit coronavirus symptoms. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Fine line for Wales – Webb

first_img Ireland will arrive at the Millennium Stadium on a run of 10 successive Test match victories under their outstanding coach Joe Schmidt. If they topple Wales – Ireland have only lost twice in Cardiff since 1983 – a win against Scotland on Saturday week would secure a first Six Nations Grand Slam for six years and send them into the World Cup later this year with confidence sky-high. “The kick is only as good as the chase, and playing with Bowey (Tommy Bowe) at the Ospreys, every time I put a box-kick up he would always go and get it back for me. “Murray and Sexton are key players, but Bowe, (Rob) Kearney and (Simon) Zebo are good in the air and their chase is obviously as good as the kick. “They have got a lot of dangerous players. “We just need to be on the money, and we know there is no margin for error because Sexton will keep kicking the three points over and he can also put us in the wrong parts of the field. “We just need to keep on top of it and keep lots of pressure on them.” Webb has been one of the individual success stories of Wales’ season, having been selected ahead of 92 times-capped Mike Phillips for the autumn opener against Australia in November, and going on to score four tries in his last six Tests. And Webb’s creative ability has also shone through, which he illustrated by making a decisive break that led to his half-back colleague Dan Biggar scoring a crucial try during victory against France that continued Wales’ Six Nations recovery act. “I do not get nervous before a match,” Webb said: “I try to think it is just another game for my local club. It relaxes me and makes me play with a smile on my face. “If I do see a gap, then I am going to go. “If we score from it, or make yardage and get over the gain-line, then it is all going to help the team and get front-foot ball – then hopefully speed of ball – and create some space out wide for our dangerous backs. “You just have to pick your moment, really. You can’t do it all the time. It is about being smart and picking the right time to go.” Webb, 26, lists three former stars of the world game – Justin Marshall, Joost van der Westhuizen and current Wales assistant coach Rob Howley – as scrum-halves he admired growing up. And the Howley connection – Webb used to be a ball-boy at Bridgend Rugby club when Howley played for them – is flourishing within the Wales set-up. “I want to be the best I can be,” Webb added. “And that means working hard on and off the pitch, honing my skills such as passing and kicking, and keeping my focus at all times. “As long as I do my job the best I can, the rest will take care of itself.” And Howley said: “Rhys is an individual running danger, and he brings the forwards into the game between nine and 10. He has an eye for a break and can score from five or 20 yards. “His kicking and composure is very good, and we have seen over the last two games (against Scotland and France) his ability to be kicking accurately from nine, which is a huge part of the game, particularly in coming out of defence.” Press Association For their part, Wales still have hopes of landing a third Six Nations crown in the last four years. But they are currently two points behind Ireland, while also holding an inferior overall points difference compared with the Irish and fellow title contenders England, whose last two games are Twickenham appointments with Scotland and France. “To win the title would be a massive achievement after the disappointment of losing to England (last month),” said Wales scrum-half Webb, who starts against Ireland for the first time in his Test career. “We know that we have to beat Ireland to remain in contention. “To be fair, they have won 10 games on the bounce. They are a world-class team – the best in Europe. “We have had a good week’s training, and the boys are positive. We’ve stepped it up from the England game, so hopefully we can bring a big performance out this weekend.” Key to Ireland’s victory hopes will be the implementation of tactics by half-backs Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray. They delivered a masterful display in tormenting England two weeks ago, and Wales are understandably on red alert. “It was an outstanding kicking performance,” Webb added. “I don’t know if England did much analysis on them – they didn’t seem to put much pressure on nine and 10 whatsoever. Rhys Webb accepts there can be “no margin for error” when Wales attempt to divert Ireland’s seemingly-relentless RBS 6 Nations title march off course on Saturday.last_img read more

Cricket News Why Pakistan will NOT be banned in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after Pulwama terror attack?

first_imgThe current tensions could also have a bearing on future ICC tournaments, with India slated to host the ICC Champions Trophy in 2021 and the 50-over World Cup in 2023. The issue of Pakistan players being issued a visa could become a huge concern. Recently, during the Shooting World Cup at the Karni Singh stadium in New Delhi, Pakistan’s shooters were denied a visa and this led to the International Olympic Council (IOC) suspending talks with India over hosting international events.Dave Richardson, the outgoing ICC CEO had spoken about the ramifications in case a team forfeits the game. “There is justifiable non-compliance and unjustifiable. We will have to deal with that under the playing regulations,” Richardson said in an interview to ESPNCricinfo. Earlier, a BCCI source said no way India can ban Pakistan from the World Cup. “There is absolutely no constitutional or contractual way this could happen. The ICC constitution allows members the right to participate in ICC events as long as they’re qualified,” a BCCI source said. New Delhi: The Pulwama terror attack which killed 40 CRPF jawans led to massive outrage among India’s sportsmen, with many calling for the Indian cricket team to boycott their game against Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 encounter on June 16 in Manchester. Vinod Rai, the head of the Committee of Administrators that is currently running the BCCI, has urged the sporting community to ostracise Pakistan for the country’s support to terrorism. Rahul Johri, the CEO of the BCCI wrote a letter to the ICC regarding the India vs Pakistan clash which will be played in Manchester on June 16. Johri wrote a letter to Shashank Manohar, the ICC Independent Chairman, Dave Richardson, who is the outgoing ICC CEO, Colin Graves, the Managing Director of the England and Wales Cricket Board as well as ICC Cricket World Cup tournament director Steve Elworthy, mentioning that the BCCI is concerned for the safety of the players and the match officials in the match which has already seen about 400,000 ticket applications.Amidst the calls for the boycott of the India vs Pakistan clash, the ICC has apparently turned down the BCCI proposal to ‘sever’ ties with nations that harbour terrorism. According to an ESPNCricinfo report, Manohar, who is the chairman of the ICC, stated that the organisation was not the appropriate forum to take such decisions and stated that the primary duty of the ICC was restricted to cricket matters only. The issue came up during Saturday’s ICC board meeting chaired by chairman Manohar but not much time was spent on it. The BCCI was represented at the board by acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and the report stated that Choudhury, the BCCI’s acting secretary and its representative at the ICC Board, did not bring up the letter during the meetings. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India will take on Pakistan on June 16 in Manchester.India has never lost to Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup.Pulwama terror attack killed 40 CRPF jawans.last_img read more

Perseid meteor shower to peak tonight

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight.This is an annual shower that earned it’s name because the meteors will be radiating outwards from the part of the sky that astronomers call Perseus. Perseus was the Greek mythological hero that defeated the snake-haired monster, Medusa.While we might see more shooting stars than usual throughout the week, the best times to view the meteor shower will be today after sunset and tomorrow morning, as Planetarium Coordinator for Besser Museum, Johnathan Winckowski explains. “The best time will be after midnight though as it will take some time for the constellation to rise up above the horizon, so, just keep that in mind,” he said.Winckowski recommends heading to your nearest dark sky park around 10:30 tonight. During the peak times, he says to expect around 60 meteors per hour, making it the best meteor shower for the summer.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Besser Museum, Besser PlanetariumContinue ReadingPrevious Gaylord man found deceased in Montmorency CountyNext U.S. Census Bureau launches statewide door-to-door effort in Michiganlast_img read more