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COVID-19: How the second largest province became Indonesia’s epicenter

first_imgEast Java, Indonesia’s second most populous province, surpassed Jakarta as the nation’s COVID-19 epicenter on June 26 with the highest record of confirmed cases and deaths.The province has a cumulative total of 11,482 cases, 866 deaths and 3,891 recovered cases as of Monday morning. It also has the second highest case-fatality rate (CFR) – the percentage of deaths among confirmed cases — at 7.5 percent, higher than the national CFR of 5.1 percent.East Java has recorded 1,226 deaths among patients under surveillance (PDPs) and 164 deaths among persons under observation (ODPs), two categories referring to suspected cases pending testing or test results. The provincial capital of Surabaya accounts for half of the confirmed cases and deaths in East Java.Greater Surabaya, which includes the adjacent regencies of Sidoarjo and Gresik, eased the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in early June, even though it implemented the measure almost three weeks after Jakarta did. It is now establishing what it deems as the “new normal”, despite the spike in new cases, its overwhelmed hospitals and expert calls for stricter measures.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has given East Java two weeks to lower its infection rate after he visited the province on June 25.Testing capacity better, though not ‘ideal’ Joni Wahyuhadi, the curative management head of the East Java COVID-19 task force, attributed the recent spike to improved testing capacity and active tracing – echoing the central government’s arguments for the daily highs in new cases the country has been seeing most of this month.Read also: Indonesia records new daily highs in cases during transition to ‘new normal’Joni said 27 labs in the province were processing samples now and working to increase their testing capacity.Unlike Jakarta and West Java, East Java does not provide testing data on its website, but Joni said the provincial administration had tested some 53,000 people. Meanwhile, Surabaya provides swab testing data on the city’s dedicated website, but the data has not been updated since it recorded 21,472 cumulative swab tests on June 28.Epidemiologist Windhu Purnomo of Surabaya’s Airlangga University concurred that the city’s testing capacity had improved this month, but that it was “still far” from the ideal World Health Organization (WHO) standard of one test per 1,000 population per week. With a population of some 40 million people, he said that East Java should be performing 40,000 tests per week.Transmission continues, tracing ‘not easy’East Java chairman Sutrisno of the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) said that the recent spike in cases showed that “community transmission was still occurring”. Joni also said that new cases were a possibility.Tracing and isolating contacts were thus key to stopping the virus’ spread, but the province was finding it difficult to recruit more people for its contact tracing teams due the fear of infection, said Windhu. But relying on puskesmas (community health centers) workers was not enough, he stressed.Surabaya Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa told Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto and COVID-19 national task force chief Doni Monardo on June 24 that the tracing ratio in Surabaya was 2.8, or almost three contacts traced per confirmed case,  kompas.com reported. Neighboring Sidoarjo had a tracing rate of 3.5.”Tracing is not easy. It requires extraordinary manpower and teams,” said Joni. “Being a [contact] tracer is not easy, they’re at risk of contracting the virus, given the many asymptomatic cases […] There’s no room at all for carelessness.”He said that contact tracing should average 25 contacts per confirmed case, adding that local health agencies had been receiving help from the Indonesian Military and the police personnel in tracing contacts.Contagion fear haunts overwhelmed medicsThe IDI’s Sutrisno said that many medical workers and even administrative staffers had been infected at hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients in Greater Surabaya, as well as the nearby city of Pasuruan and Lamongan regency. This reduced not only the number of medical workers on duty, but also the quality of service in treating COVID-19 patients, he said, while ordinary patients without COVID-19 were sidelined.East Java has 99 referral hospitals for treating COVID-19 patients, as well as several emergency hospitals for treating patients with mild to no symptoms.Joni, who is also the director of East Java’s main referral hospital, the Dr. Soetomo Regional General in Surabaya, said he had “read journals” that indicated a high correlation between the number of COVID-19 patients a hospital was treating and the number of its medical workers exposed to the virus, even if they were following the health protocols.He said the province’s hospitals were full, although some still had space for patients with mild to no symptoms. Around 20 patients had to wait in line for a bed at Soetomo hospital’s emergency room on Sunday, said Joni, highlighting the need for patients to be distributed across hospitals in the region.As of last Friday, nine of Soetomo hospital’s resident doctors were being treated for COVID-19, including one who was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), said Joni.Early this month, an internal medicine resident at the hospital died after contracting the virus. At least 11 doctors in East Java have died of the virus.The IDI Indonesia’s records show that 76 doctors in East Java, excluding Surabaya, had contracted the virus. Sutrisno said IDI’s East Java office was still gathering data on infected doctors in Surabaya, as it believed that the number could be “much higher”.People neglecting protocols amid ‘absent enforcement’During Jokowi;s East Java visit, the President expressed surprise on learning that 70 percent of the province’s residents were not wearing masks.The data allegedly came from an online survey the Airlangga public health alumni association conducted in late May to evaluate the PSBB implementation in the region. The survey results revealed low compliance in wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing in public spaces, including places of worship and traditional markets.Experts said that mudik (exodus) and lax movement restrictions had helped the virus to spread. East Java recorded 460,000 mudik travelers between March 16 and May 22 ahead of Idul Fitri on May 24-25.They also said that the PSBB had been ineffective in reducing transmission, given “the absence of” enforcement and sanctions against violators, and warned that the disease would continue to spread, now that people were resuming their daily activities.”This is a critical [point in the] crisis, we’re running against time. We can’t wait months or years for people to become [self-aware],” said Windhu.Topics :last_img read more

Where you can buy a beachfront mansion for the price of a one-bedroom unit in Sydney

first_img Are these Queensland’s most ‘Aussie’ homes? This five-bedroom beachfront mansion is on the market in Bushalnd Beach, Townsville, for less than this one-bedroom apartment in Sydney City. Boasting two levels of spacious living, a salt water fibreglass pool, and outdoor patio — this house sits on a 855sq meter block.The underrated suburb is only a 30-minute drive from The Strand in Townsville, located in the regions quiet Northern Beaches.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 This five-bedroom property is for sale at 2 Marita Court, Bushland Beach for $649,000.If capital city living is more ‘on brand’, there is a one-bedroom, 53sq meter unit on the market for an extra $76,000.Located in the heart of Sydney, you won’t wake up to the sound of the ocean, but you’ll be able to see Martin Place. This one-bedroom unit is for sale at 906/1 Hosking Pl, Sydney for $725,000. Image: Supplied Townsville’s cheapest suburbs This five-bedroom property is for sale at 2 Marita Court, Bushland Beach for $649,000.It’s no secret Sydney is the most expensive city in the country, but have you heard of Townsville’s Bushland Beach? According to CoreLogic’s most recent Market Trends Report, the average price to buy a house in the beachfront suburb is $372,500.When you compare that to Sydney’s median unit price of $979,500 — it’s hard to justify a postcode, and even the most irresistible Harbour Bridge horizons. The median sale price for houses in Bushland Beach was calculated based on the 105 homes sold in the suburb last year, and the Sydney median was calculated from the 304 units sold. RELATED: Contemporary classic with views to cherish MORE REAL ESTATE NEWSlast_img read more

INSIDE OUT

first_imgA.J. Ouellette’s rise from walk-on to one of the MAC’s top threats Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 31, 2016 at 8:07 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21center_img A.J. Ouellette was Ohio’s fifth-string running back on the bus to Kent State. The freshman walk-on was there to only play special teams in the team’s 2014 season opener.But three Ohio running backs fumbled a combined four times in the second half, blowing a seven-point halftime lead. Each was taken out. Then the fourth-string back got injured. Ouellette was the only option left.With the game tied at 14, Ohio had the ball in its own territory with a few minutes on the clock. Ouellette, in his first career drive, rushed six times, helping Ohio set up a game-winning field goal as time expired.Just four weeks earlier, the 5-foot-10, 203-pound Ouellette wasn’t even if sure if he’d be on the team. It took him all of 16 days into training camp to make the roster and earn a scholarship. The junior hasn’t stopped since, emerging as one of the most dangerous offensive threats in the Mid-American Conference. Once irrelevant, overlooked and battered by Division I schools, Ouellette is now the go-to option for the run-heavy Bobcats offense poised for its eighth-straight year of bowl eligibility.“Once he took the reins, he never let go,” said Dak Notestine, Ohio’s director of strength and conditioning. “We live and die by his sword.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOuellette has been holding footballs since he was six months old. In the family’s backyard in Covington, Ohio, about 80 miles north of Cincinnati, Ouellette and his father would set up mock defenders made out of whatever they could find to jump or knock over, said his mother, Jody.That helped lay the framework for a brute running back. One who rushed for 785 yards as a freshman, the second-highest total for a rookie in Bobcats program history. One who once scored a touchdown in high school with a broken collarbone. One who led Covington (Ohio) High School to four straight league championships.Still, he didn’t draw a single D-I football offer.,The recruiting interest came and then vanished. Purdue, Akron, Marshall, North Carolina State and Miami (Ohio) each showed interest, but backed off. Ouellette submitted over 100 letters, filled out dozens of online recruiting questionnaires and sent game tape to D-I programs across the country. Save for a few Division II and Division III roster spots, he attracted no real interest. Too small, he heard.Ouellette jotted down the name of each school that overlooked him, using it as fuel. A coach at Akron quipped, “We have a lot of A.J.’s,” to Dave Miller, Ouellette’s high school coach.Ouellette added the Zips to the list.In a game against Akron midway through his freshman year of college, he ran for 74 yards, leading the Bobcats to a 23-20 win.“You just have to smile, keep moving on,” he said.Miller let schools know that Ouellette was the best player he’s coached in over 20 years. Tramain Hall, a former New Orleans Saint and Tennessee Titan who works with Ouellette at a fitness facility in Ohio, said Ouellette is capable of playing in the NFL. Hall, who’s trained Division I and NFL athletes including Houston Texans wide receiver Braxton Miller, describes Ouellette as “hungry.”“He’s from a small town, but this guy makes big time plays,” Hall said.“Everybody kept saying, ‘I can’t believe how good he is,’ but nobody offered him,” Jody Ouellette said.,In December of Ouellette’s senior year, Ohio’s offensive coordinator Tim Albin saw film of Ouellette and knew he could play Division I. But Ohio had already promised commitments to other running backs in the class, so all Albin could do was keep Ouellette on his radar. When National Signing Day passed and Albin found that Ouellette still hadn’t committed, Albin offered him preferred walk-on status.“A.J.’s going to come in and he’s going to play on special teams,” Albin told Ohio head coach Frank Solich. “I didn’t know he’d play (running back) the first game of the season,” Albin later said.Nobody did.Known as a student of the game and quiet leader, Ouellette was unanimously named a captain this year. In a mid-season contest at Buffalo last year, Ohio needed somebody to fill in at middle linebacker. Within a week, Ouellette had learned the intricacies of the defense. For two weeks, he played both ways. He recorded tackles, made catches and ran the ball at Buffalo.“If he didn’t step up, we would have been in a world of hurt,” Notestine said.The past few summers, Hall opened his facility early because Ouellette wanted to work out for 90 minutes at 8 a.m. It’s the same at Ohio.“My phone would be blowing up on weekends for extra work he wanted to do,” Notestine said. “The kid just doesn’t rest.”,This offseason, Ouellette dropped two-tenths of a second off of his 40-yard dash time (4.56). He upped his squat from 480 pounds to 510, took his bench press to 415 from 360, improved his shuttle time and added a couple inches to his vertical jump. He wants to average 5 yards per carry this year and lead his team to a MAC championship.From no Division I offers to preferred walk-on. From preferred walk-on to clear-cut starter. From starter to integral force in Ohio’s offensive attack.“I try to let the pads talk,” he said.The pads are talking.Banner photo courtesy of Ohio Athletics Comments This is placeholder text Advertisementlast_img read more

Body of a murdered teen was found on I-95 exit ramp in West Palm

first_imgWest Palm Beach police initially called his death “suspicious,”but later reported it as a “murder.”Police continue their investigation on the incident. It is unknown if police have a suspect or motive in his killing. West Palm Beach police have found the body of a Boynton Beach teen who shot to death.Officials found 19-year-old Endrice Lajeune’s body on Tuesday morning at the I-95 exit ramp to Belvedere Road.last_img

CONQUEST FARENHEIT, ELWOOD J, BAY MUZIK & ROCKIN RUDY ALL PROMINENT IN MONDAY’S $75,000 BAFFLE STAKES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

first_imgELWOOD J: The leading money earner in the field with $83,940, this California-bred gelding by Vronsky may hold a seasoning edge, as the Baffle will be his sixth career start.  Dispatched at odds of 3-5, he comes off a gate to wire allowance win going six furlongs on a wet fast track here on Jan. 20.  Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, he has two wins from five starts and will be trying open company for the first time.  Owned by Joe L. Turner, he’ll retain the services of leading man Flavien Prat. THE $75,000 BAFFLE STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 10 of 11                                                                                                      Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PT ROCKIN RUDY: Sold privately following a rollicking 11 ½ length maiden $80,000 claiming score going 5 ½ furlongs at Del Mar on Aug. 5, this Iowa-bred colt by Midshipman will get tested for class in his first start for Doug O’Neill on Monday.  With several bullet works on his tab, including a five furlong drill in 58.40 on Jan. 27 (best of 101 at the distance), it would appear “Rudy” is set to fire a big shot in what will be his second career start.  Owned by Reddam Racing, LLC, he’ll be ridden for the first time by Mario Gutierrez.                 CONQUEST FARENHEIT:  A close second two starts back in a Grade II stakes going a mile on turf at Woodbine on Sept. 18, this Kentucky-bred colt by Scat Daddy disappointed in his Southern California debut for trainer Peter Miller on Feb. 2, as he tried dirt for the first time and ran third at odds of 2-5.  A runaway maiden special weight winner in his debut going seven furlongs over a yielding turf at Woodbine Aug. 26, he’ll cut back in distance from a flat mile as he tries to make amends in his second start for Miller.  Favored in all three of his lifetime starts, he’ll be ridden for the second time in a row by Norberto Arroyo, Jr.  Conquest Farenheit is owned by Chad Littlefield and Rockingham Ranch. ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2017)–Scheduled to be run at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course on Monday, the $75,000 Baffle Stakes shapes up as a wide open affair, with Conquest Farenheit, Bay Muzik and Rockin Rudy heading a field of seven sophomores.Santa Anita has announced that it will offer fans a special 11-race card on Monday, Presidents’ Day, which is also Dollar Day at the track.  One dollar beers, sodas and hot dogs will be offered throughout the afternoon.center_img SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME OF 12 NOON SET FOR 11-RACE CARD; MONDAY IS ALSO DOLLAR DAY AT SANTA ANITA WITH ONE DOLLAR BEERS, SODAS & HOT DOGS OFFERED BAY MUZIK: Idle since breaking his maiden at first asking on Aug. 20 at Golden Gate Fields, this Blaine Wright trainee won by 1 ½ lengths in virtual gate to wire fashion going 5 ½ furlongs on synthetic Tapeta, defeating 10 rivals in a front-running manner that has proven very difficult for many horses.  A West Virginia-bred by the Distorted Humor stallion Maclean’s Music, Bay Muzik will be ridden for the first time by Stewart Elliott and he is owned by Chappell Alpine Farms, LLC. Tipo Duro–Corey Nakatani–120Rockin Rudy–Mario Gutierrez–120Elwood J–Flavien Prat–122Souter–Kent Desormeaux–120Conquest Farenheit–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–120Bay Muzik–Stewart Elliott–120Anyportinastorm–Tyler Baze–120With an 11-race card on tap, Santa Anita will have a special early first post time on Monday of 12 noon. For scratches, changes, track condition updates and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.comlast_img read more