Indonesia closes doors to travelers from China

first_imgAfter repatriating 238 citizens from Wuhan and other cities in China, the Indonesian government declared on Sunday that it would ban all travel to and from China to prevent the spread of a deadly and highly contagious novel coronavirus.The ban, which took effect at 12 a.m. on Monday, prevents visitors who have stayed in China for 14 days or more from visiting or transiting in Indonesia. The government will suspend visa-free and visa on arrival provisions for Chinese citizens.“The government asks Indonesians not to take trips to mainland China for now,” said Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi, after a Cabinet meeting held by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in Jakarta on Sunday afternoon. While the Philippines reported the first death outside of China due to the recent coronavirus on Sunday, Indonesia has not yet confirmed any cases.Indonesia’s travel ban was announced hours after 238 Indonesian nationals evacuated from Wuhan and other cities in Hubei province landed on Natuna Island and were placed in quarantine at Raden Sadjad airbase.“They will undergo observation [in quarantine] for 14 days. This observation period will also be implemented on the 42 airlifting personnel from Wuhan, so 285 people will undergo this observation. They are still healthy so far,” Retno said.Spread of the new coronavirus (AFP/-)The evacuees disembarked from the Batik Air Airbus A-330 airplane at 9:23 a.m. at Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam, Riau Islands.They disembarked one by one, with long intervals between each passenger. Officers wearing hazmat suits examined the passengers and escorted them to the planes that later transported them to Natuna.The Indonesian Military (TNI) used three planes to carry the returnees from Batam to Natuna: a Hercules A-1315, a Boeing AI-7304 and a Boeing A-7306.The passengers underwent medical examinations inside the Batik Air aircraft before boarding the planes that brought them to Natuna Island.Batam Class I Port Health Office head Achmad Farchanny previously said that several health assessments, such as temperature checks, would be made.The quarantine facility will be guarded by 117 Mobile Brigade (Brimob) officers sent on a Wings Air plane to Natuna, Riau Islands, according to Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Harry Goldenhardt.“We sent our officers for preemptive security as there has been a protest from the locals [about the quarantine on Natuna],” Harry told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.On Saturday, residents protested in front of the Ranai subdistrict Military Command (Koramil) in Natuna regency in opposition to the decision to make Natuna Island the site of the quarantine.Natuna Deputy Regent Ngesti Yuni Suprapti said the central government had not consulted the administration.Of the 245 Indonesians planned to be evacuated from Hubei, only 238 arrived in Indonesia. Four people were unwilling to leave China, while three people were sick at the time of departure and were not given clearance by the Chinese government to leave the country.Read also: Coronavirus: Indonesians from Wuhan arrive in Batam, before taken to Natuna for quarantineFollowing standard health protocol, the passengers underwent multilayered medical examinations conducted by both Chinese authorities and an Indonesian medical team at Wuhan’s Tianhe International Airport.“It’s their right for those that refused. For those that did not pass, that’s the rule; the sick cannot [leave China],” Health Ministry spokeswoman Widyawati told the Post on Sunday.In quarantine, she said, the evacuees would be treated as healthy people and would be told to continue their activities, albeit at the facility.“They are actually healthy residents so we treat them as healthy people, not as sick people. We will also make them as comfortable as we can,” Widyawati said.She said that the evacuees would be treated, provided with healthy food and allowed to exercise for two weeks while their health was observed to determine if they were free from the coronavirus, which has an incubation period of up to two weeks.“They cannot be visited yet, but they can communicate using their gadgets,” Widyawati said.Viral fears: Natuna residents protest in front of Raden Sadjad Air Force Base in Ranai, Natuna, Riau Islands, on Saturday. They opposed the arrival of Indonesian citizens repatriated from Wuhan, China, in the regency, where the evacuees will be observed to ensure they are free from the new coronavirus. (Antara/Cherman)Other national governments have instated quarantines for those returning from China amid the coronavirus outbreak.The US government evacuated 195 Americans from Wuhan and has quarantined them at the March Air Reserve Base in California for 14 days.Singapore has evacuated 92 citizens from Wuhan. All Singaporeans coming from China have been put on quarantine order at home or at three university hostels in China designated as quarantine facilities.Australia plans to evacuate at least 150 of its residents from Wuhan on Monday to be quarantined on Christmas Island, Australian territory.The Foreign Ministry said the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing would take care of the four Indonesians who chose to stay in China with their family and the three others who were unable to depart because they did not pass the health screening.The Indonesian Embassy said it would be in constant communication with the remaining Indonesians and would coordinate with authorities in China to ensure those staying behind would still be able to access supplies.Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said the Indonesians who remained would be taken care of by the authorities.”The government will fully protect them,” he said. Indonesia has followed the United States, the Philippines and Singapore in imposing travel restrictions to and from China amid rapid contagion of the virus worldwide.AFP reported that, as of Sunday, the coronavirus had killed 304 in China and had infected nearly 14,500 globally, surpassing infections caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the result of another strain of coronavirus originated in China, in 2003.Often called the first pandemic of the 21st century, the SARS outbreak resulted in 8,100 cases worldwide and killed at least 775 people.Read also: Virus deaths in China rise to 360, exceeding SARS mainland tollcenter_img — Marchio Irfan Gorbiano contributed to this report.Topics :last_img read more

Jakarta injects Rp 2 trillion more for COVID-19 countermeasures

first_imgThe Jakarta administration has allocated an additional Rp 2 trillion (US$121 million) for COVID-19 countermeasures, increasing the total amount of regional funds earmarked for fighting the disease until May to Rp 3.03 trillion.Jakarta Financial Management Body (BPKD) head Edy Sumantri said the additional money was allocated from the budget for urgent expenditures, land acquisitions as well as other regional investments, including for the infrastructure development for the now-delayed Formula E electric vehicle race.“For now, we are adding Rp 2 trillion to overcome the outbreak as well as for social security measures for affected residents,” Edi said in a press statement on Thursday. He added that Governor Anies Baswedan had issued two gubernatorial regulations in March regarding the regional budget reallocation for COVID-19 matters. The money would be given to various agencies, including the health agency, social affairs agency and the Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD).Read also: Indonesia’s budget to fight COVID-19: What we know so far“The Jakarta administration will increase the budget to handle the outbreak if the outbreak cannot be contained by May,” said Edi.The provincial administration had allocated Rp 54 billion in March to the Jakarta Health Agency for urgent expenditures of handling and preventing the transmission of COVID-19.The budget reallocation was stipulated in a 2019 gubernatorial regulation, which allowed the administration to allocate funds to regional expenditures for urgent matters outside the control of the regional administration.Jakarta also reached out to the Social Affairs Ministry, which agreed to provide Rp 1 million to each affected family for two months.The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the capital city has continued to surge, as health authorities had recorded 971 confirmed cases and 90 deaths as of Thursday.Topics :last_img read more

Ukraine reports ‘alarming’ record rise in virus cases

first_imgTopics : “The threat is still here, but take a look at the streets, take a look at what is happening around you,” he said.”We all came out of isolation, we all decided that (the virus) no longer exists,” he added.Lockdown measures are set to further ease this month with a resumption of public transport, including metro systems and long-distance and local train services.Ukraine launched domestic flights on June 5 and will restart international flights on Monday. Ukraine on Thursday cited an “alarming” rise in coronavirus cases after a daily record of 689 new infections were reported as the country eases its lockdown measures. Cases have surged in Ukraine in recent days, with the total now reaching more than 29,000, according to official figures. Since Friday, the number of cases has risen by over 3,600, 21 percent more than in the previous seven days.center_img “Today we have very alarming figures,” Health Minister Maksym Stepanov wrote on Facebook, saying the tally for the last 24 hours was the highest since the outbreak hit. Some experts said the uptick was due to an increase in testing rather than a second wave of the disease. But Stepanov berated Ukrainians for failing to stick to safety rules after lockdown restrictions were eased last month with the reopening of outdoor cafes, beauty salons, dental clinics and parks.He promised to come up with some “urgent” steps to slow down the spread of the virus.last_img read more

PSG chief says Arsenal target Houssem Aouar is ‘dream’ signing

first_img Comment PSG chief says Arsenal target Houssem Aouar is ‘dream’ signing Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 3 Oct 2020 7:33 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares Houssem Aouar is hot property at the moment (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar during the transfer window, but sporting director Leonardo appears to have ruled out a move in the coming days.The 22-year-old is one of the most talked-about players in Europe this summer, with a string of clubs looking to snap him up.Arsenal are thought to be in a strong position to sign the Frenchman, but Juventus and Real Madrid have also been credited with interest in the talented star.Ligue 1 champions PSG have also been touted as a possible destination for Aouar and Leonardo admits he is a fan of his, but it is unlikely to happen before this year’s transfer deadline.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Aouar it’s a dream but it may not be the right time,’ said the Brazilian.That is good news for Arsenal, who have been in negotiations with Lyon but are struggling to agree a price, with the Gunners initially offering £32m but the French side wanting closer to £50m.Juventus have pulled out of the race to sign him because of Lyon’s asking price, but Real Madrid could be the most serious competition Arsenal face after manager Zinedine Zidane made contact with his compatriot over a move.Aouar is reportedly thrilled by the prospect of moving to the La Liga champions, but Arsenal also appeals to him and the interest from Madrid may just encourage the Premier League club to up their offer in the near future.More: 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 CityAsked about possible new signings on Friday, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said: ‘Well, I am very confident in what we are trying to do internally. [I am getting] clarity and support from everybody at the club to try and improve the team if we can. ‘But most importantly as well, to get the right balance in the squad, for now and the way we want to evolve the squad in the future. We are all very much aligned but I’m afraid that I cannot give you any updates or news. ‘I think it is a crucial moment because in the end it defines the people, the players, the balance and the quality that you’re going to have for the rest of the season.‘We need to make some decisions in the next three days, I think everything has been delayed so much, not just us but probably every team because of the context that we’re in at the moment. ‘We will try to make the best possible decisions and at the end, whatever we have, we go for it fully convinced and prepared to have a good season.’MORE: Chelsea could look at Arsenal target Thomas Partey as potential Declan Rice alternativeMORE: Michael Owen makes predictions for Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United vs TottenhamFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Aker BP given nod for three North Sea wells

first_imgMaersk Intrepid. Image source: Maersk Drilling under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licenseAker BP has been given a permission by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate to drill three wells in the North Sea.The company will use the Maersk Intrepid jack-up drilling rig to drill production wells 25/10-16 S, 25/10-16 A, and 25/10-16, after it completes drilling production wells on the Martin Linge field in the northern part of the North Sea.The drilling program for wells 25/10-16 S and 25/10-16 A relates to the drilling of two appraisal wells and the drilling of one wildcat well 25/10-16 B in production license 028 B. Aker BP ASA is the operator with an ownership interest of 35 percent. The other licensees are Equinor Energy AS (50 percent) and Spirit Energy Norge AS (15 percent).The area in this license consists of part of block 25/10. The wells will be drilled about ten kilometers north of the Ivar Aasen field in the central part of the North Sea.Production license 028 B was awarded on 15 December 1999, and was carved out of production license 028 which was awarded in 1969 in the 2nd licensing round on the Norwegian shelf. These are the first three exploration wells to be drilled within the actual license, but two exploration wells were drilled when oil and gas discovery 25/10-8 Hanz was proven and delineated for the first time in 1997.last_img read more

2022 world athletics championships set for July 15-24

first_img Loading… Read Also: NBA: Antetokounmpo donates masks to Greek city The world championships were initially planned to run from August 6-15 in 2021. The competition had to be rearranged after Olympics organisers said the Tokyo Games will now take place on July 23-August 8 next year. The 2022 Commonwealth Games are scheduled to be held in the English city of Birmingham on July 27-August 7. The European Athletics Championships are due to take place in Munich from August 11-21. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Disney Male Role Models6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Legendary Movies To Learn History From10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?10 Inventions That Make Us Question HumanityTop 6 Iconic Supercar MoviesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?center_img The world athletics championships originally scheduled for next year in Eugene, Oregon, will take place on July 15-24 in 2022, avoiding a potential clash with the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.Noah Lyles won gold in the men’s 200 metres at last year’s world championships in DohaWorld Athletics last month shifted the event to 2022 to accommodate the rearranged Tokyo Olympics, which were postponed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. “The World Athletics Council approved the new dates this week after extensive discussions with the sport’s stakeholders including organisers of two other major championships due to take place in July-August 2022, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and the multisport European Championships in Munich,” World Athletics said in a statement on Wednesday. “The new schedule will prevent a direct conflict between any of these major events and, with careful programming, will ensure athletes can compete in up to three world-class competitions.”last_img read more

Lynam sprinters Flying first class

first_img Press Association The eight-year-old holds an entry in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday week but is unlikely to make the journey as the going is expected to be soft. “He’s a wonderful horse. He ran a great race at York. Frankie (Dettori) was delighted with him,” Lynam told At The Races. “He needed to handle soft ground to win it and the winner was the best sprinter on the day, but he ran a very good race. “I get the impression talking to Kirkland Tellwright, the clerk of the course in Haydock, that the going is very soft and the weather forecast is pretty bad, so I think he might run in the Flying Five. “That’s where he’ll probably go and I might run three in it. “I messed up with Anthem Alexander. She had a few hard races and I should have given her a break earlier. “She’s had a break now. She’s put on a bit of weight and is really happy in herself again, so I’d dismiss her last run. “She’ll run and Moviesta will run. Sole Power is set to spearhead Eddie Lynam’s three-pronged attack on the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh on September 13. Moviesta and Anthem Alexander would give the County Meath handler a formidable hand in the Group Two during Irish Champions Weekend, but all eyes will be on Sole Power, whose appearances in his native land have been in short supply because of limited opportunities. The five-times Group One winner ran his usual creditable race when fourth to Mecca’s Angel in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York last week on ground that would not have suited him. “It took us a while to get the hang of him, then we thought we’d cracked it with him and he ran very well in the Sapphire, the Group Two up at the Curragh (third to Stepper Point). “Unfortunately, we had a mishap in Goodwood, but he was very good the other day. “Chris Hayes was very good and we’re looking forward to running him again.” last_img read more


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Carlini capping off strong season with Freshman of the Week honors

first_imgJill PetersA true team player and an extraordinary athlete, Wisconsin’s Lauren Carlini was named the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week after a stellar performance this past weekend against Indiana Friday and Purdue Saturday.Recording back-to-back career bests in assists with an average of 12.78 assists per set over two matches, Carlini led all Big Ten setters on the weekend. Friday she put up a then career high 53 assists at Indiana before beating that with 62 assists at Purdue Saturday. This is Carlini’s first Big Ten weekly honor.While she is happy with the accomplishment, Carlini said she would take this award away in a heartbeat if it could have given the Badgers two more points to win the Purdue game.“It’s all about give and take,” she said.This 6-2 freshman has continued to prove herself in the competitive Big Ten conference. Head coach Kelly Sheffield is proud of her accomplishment and how she is developing not only as a player but also a leader on the court.“I think she is doing a really good job,” Sheffield said. “She is getting more confident and comfortable being able to direct her teammates and I think that’s a tough thing … She studies her craft and she works really, really hard. It’s paying off. I see her getting a lot stronger.”Carlini jumped right into a leadership role being placed as starting setter at the beginning of the season. Since then, the 2012 National Gatorade Player of the Year has continued to prove herself and carry the team further each match.“I have learned to kind of embrace [these] roles, it is something that I have kind of had to do over the years,” Carlini said. “I’ve usually been on teams who are older than me, so I have to learn how to play that role and kind of figure out my position on the court.”Junior Courtney Thomas, a longtime teammate, played with Carlini at the same club and expressed her excitement to have this freshman join the team. Carlini looked at the other girls as mentors as they helped her transition into her leadership role. Thomas said Carlini is adjusting well to her leadership position and taking on an integral role within the team.“She is really helping out our team a lot. She’s adjusted really, really well. I would never look at her and think she is a freshman, she is very confident and that is really key … She really knows how to communicate with us.”Along with Big Ten Co-Freshman of the week, Carlini has a team-leading 14 double-doubles so far this season, making her the top freshman in the country in that category.Carlini is already looking down the road to the Big Ten Conference. She wants to win.“I just want to lead my team. We are going to take it one game at a time and that’s going to be a big thing for all of us. I hope to lead us as far as we can into that.”last_img read more

Plenty of Tipp interest in Dundalk

first_imgTipp FM’s horse racing correspondent John Fogarty previews the local interest on tonight’s card. Click the link for the full breakdown of Tipperary interest: