Indonesian students feel safer in Australia despite PM’s call to go home

first_imgAs countries around world face the COVID-19 pandemic, some Indonesian students said that they felt safer staying in Australia, despite Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s statement that international students “make their way home”.On Friday, Morrison advised holiday visa holders and foreign students who are unable to support themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic to return to their home countries as the country looks to reserve economic aid for its own citizens.”As much as it’s lovely to have visitors to Australia in good times, at times like this, if you are a visitor in this country, it is time […] to make your way home,” Morrison after a Cabinet meeting on Friday, as quoted by Australian public broadcaster ABC. Nadiah felt that the hospitals in Australia were more capable, adding that going home might risk contracting the disease during travel and endangering her family back in Indonesia. “I feel safer here,” she said.As of Sunday, Indonesia has announced 2,273 confirmed cases, with 191 deaths, while Australia has recorded 5,687 cases, but only 35 deaths.Marissa Devi, a 27-year old student pursuing her master’s degree at the University of South Australia in Adelaide echoed Dian’s sentiments.“I personally feel safer here, specifically South Australia. A few days ago, it was reported that the state was the best for COVID-19 testing worldwide,” she said. “My parents have asked me to go home, but I feel that, in Jakarta, the risk of contracting the disease is even greater, not to mention the limited capacity for testing.”Indonesia has only tested 7,986 people as of Saturday, while Australia has tested more than 260,000 people.The Indonesian Embassy in Canberra, however, advised Indonesian citizens with travelers and working holiday visas to “immediately arrange a return trip to Indonesia” following the Prime Minister’s statement.Embassy spokesperson Billy Wibisono said that the embassy and consulates would keep track of Indonesian nationals holding working holiday visas that needed help while continuing to aid ones that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Australia.Topics : Despite the prime minister’s statement, Dian Dini Primadani, the vice president Indonesian Student Association (PPIA) in South Australia, said that around 160 students in the state chose to stay put as they felt safer.She added that some students that have gone back to Indonesia before the pandemic cannot go back to Australia now, forcing them to postpone their studies.Several Indonesian students said they chose to stay because they felt that Australia has better healthcare capabilities.“Because if I go home in Indonesia the conditions are the same, or maybe even worse right?” Nadiah Ghina Shabrina, a 22-year old Indonesian studying for a master’s degree at the University of Technology Sydney told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.last_img read more

How to stop Sanchez? Tie him up, says Sevilla coach Montella

first_img0Shares0000Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella is wary of the threat of Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba in particular © AFP / Cristina QuiclerSEVILLE, Spain, Feb 20 – Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella joked he might have to use a novel approach to dealing with the threat of Alexis Sanchez when his team come up against Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday.“Manchester have fantastic players and Sanchez has improved hugely over the course of his career,” said Italian Montella, who knows the Chilean from the time he spent in Serie A with Udinese. “How do we stop him? I don’t know. We’ll have to tie him up!”Another player Montella knows from Serie A is Paul Pogba, although it is not certain the former Juventus midfielder will even start in the last 16, first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan amid reports of an uneasy relationship with his manager Jose Mourinho.“He is a complete player, strong, technical and scores goals. He is fantastic,” Montella told reporters at Sevilla’s stadium on Tuesday.“He was the most expensive player in history before Neymar. I hope he doesn’t play!”Montella was appointed during Spain’s winter break following the controversial sacking of Argentine coach Eduardo Berizzo, who had just undergone surgery for prostate cancer.Sacked by AC Milan in November, Montella will be taking charge of only his second Champions League game when he comes up against United.He previously oversaw Roma’s defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in the second leg of the last 16 in 2011, while Jose Mourinho has vast experience of the Champions League, a competition he has won with both FC Porto and Inter Milan.“He was a pioneer. I have read books about his style of coaching,” said Montella of Mourinho.“I don’t know how many Champions League matches he has managed. But against his experience we will need to not think about that and be brave.”Montella also said that winger Joaquin Correa had trained on Tuesday and could play after coming off in the first half of Saturday’s La Liga win at Las Palmas, while his fellow Argentine, playmaker Ever Banega, could also return.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more