Soekarno-Hatta Airport packed with passengers despite government call for physical distancing

first_imgSoekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia’s main airport, was reportedly packed with passengers on Thursday morning despite the government’s call for physical-distancing protocols in public.Social media users posted pictures of the scene at the airport’s Terminal 2 with passengers lining up from early in the morning.“The atmosphere at Terminal 2 of Soekarno Hatta Airport on Thursday morning,” @jktinfo said on its Instagram account on Thursday, referencing a photograph taken by Instagram user @fahlevi.rezaaa. Other social media users also criticized the government, airport management and the congregating passengers for failing to enforce or follow social-distancing measures to prevent COVID-19 transmission.“The combination of the indiscretion of the Indonesian government and its opportunist and reckless citizens will make this country the last to survive this pandemic,” Twitter user @adriansyahyasin posted on Thursday.Kombinasi ketidakbijaksanaan pemerintah Indonesia dan rakyatnya yang oportunis dan gegabah akan membuat negeri ini yang terakhir selamat dari pandemi ini.Berdamai dengan virus katanya, udah McD sekarang ini Bandara CGK 🤦‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/euxy9ENvyH— Adriansyah Yasin Sulaeman (@adriansyahyasin) May 14, 2020“Quite a struggle using flight services in the COVID-19 period. Lining up for more than three hours [where] procedures to keep a distance were not enforced. Can AP [airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II] review […] whether social distancing applies at the airport,” Twitter user @HrytoRicky also posted on Thursday.Cukup berat perjuangan Menggunakan jasa Penerbangan di masa Covid 19 ini, antrian lebih 3 jam, SOP Antrian dgn jaga jarak ternyata tidak berlaku….. mohon di review pihak AP…. apakah dgn cara berdesakan menjadi pembiaran….social distancing apakah berlaku di bandara…. pic.twitter.com/JJdShp13PU— Rick (@HrytoRicky) May 13, 2020Responding to the reports, Angkasa Pura II communications manager Febri Toga Simatupang said that the crowding of passengers occurred at 4 a.m., that it only lasted until 5 a.m. and was caused by an influx of passengers coming for morning flights where 13 departures were scheduled between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. The passengers were lining up to get all their flight documents checked as additional requirements, such as a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or rapid test result, or health documents from a hospital or clinic, as well as a return ticket, are required to fly during the currently indefinite COVID-19 mitigation period.Febri went on to say that the airport officials were overwhelmed by the large number of passengers seeking to get their flight documents checked.“As of now, there are no more lines at Terminal 2. We always try to maintain physical distancing in every area. The application of physical distancing in Soekarno-Hatta will also be evaluated periodically to see the current situation and conditions, which are quite dynamic,” Febri said in a written statement published on Thursday, adding that flight schedules would also be evaluated.To prevent people from going on the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) and to curb COVID-19 transmission, the Transportation Ministry decided to suspend intercity flights for passengers from April 24 to June 1.Read also: Indonesia suspends all passenger travel across cities to prevent Ramadan exodusHowever, the national COVID-19 task force relaxed the restriction on May 6, allowing state officials, private-sector and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) employees who provide essential services, repatriated Indonesian nationals, individuals who need emergency medical care and family members of a deceased person to travel between cities.Following the regulations, airlines announced that they would gradually resume domestic flight services with stricter health protocols, such as requiring pre-flight medical checkups and a letter explaining reasons for travel from a relevant institution.The Transportation Ministry has also limited the passenger capacity of flights, down to 50 percent of the normal flight capacity to help physical distancing and reduce COVID-19 transmission risks.Air Transportation Director General Novie Riyanto reminded travelers that “strict sanctions” would apply to airlines violating the passenger limits as the directorate general had received complaints about violations.“This morning, we immediately followed up [the complaints] by ordering flight inspectors to carry out further investigations into this matter,” Novie said in a written statement on Thursday. “We remind airlines not to make mistakes that put their passengers at risk. The health protocols must be implemented by all aviation stakeholders.” (mfp)Topics :last_img read more

CWI/PCL 4-day tournament….

first_imgSeamers put Jaguars on topTHE Guyana Jaguars’ seamers produced a sensational bowling display to keep the three-time defending champions on track for victory against Barbados Pride in the fifth round Cricket West Indies (CWI) Professional Cricket League (PCL) four-day game at the National Stadium, Providence yesterday.Pacer Keemo Paul struck four vital blows while Sherefane Rutherford and Keon Joseph grabbed the other three wickets to leave the tourists facing a difficult final day.Leading by 20 runs, the Jaguars then rocked the visitors in their second innings, and when bad light stopped play, the Pride were tottering on 126-7, a lead of 106 runs.Paul claimed 4-38 in an incisive, 17.2-over spell while Rutherford had 2-40, and Joseph 1-23.Earlier, night-watchman Gudakesh Motie rose to the occasion, scoring a gritty unbeaten 72 from 147 balls, inclusive of ten fours and a six, as the hosts took a vital first innings advantage.Resuming the day on 180-4, the three-times defending champions progressed to 219, with veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul (30) adding 15 to his overnight total before left-arm spinner, Jomel Warrican (3-91), removed both Chanderpaul and Anthony Bramble (0) off consecutive deliveries.The 43-year-old Chanderpaul was caught and bowled, while Bramble was adjudged leg before wicket. However, Motie, who resumed the day on three, shared a 45-run seventh-wicket partnership with Paul; Motie flourished as his innings progressed.His fifty came off 97 balls, but soon after the partnership was broken when Paul (19) was bowled by Kenroy Williams shortly before lunch.After the interval Rutherford joined forces with Motie and contributed a 34-ball 25, which took the hosts pass the visitors first innings 294, before off-spinner Ashley Nurse (3-33), claimed the final three wickets of Rutherford (25), Veerasammy Permaul (4), and Keon Joseph (0).With the pitch starting to show some variable bounce, the visitors then made a poor start to their second innings, when Joseph had Shayne Moseley caught in the slip corridor for five with just nine runs on the board.Fellow opener Anthony Alleyne and Shamar Brooks (22) attempted to resurrect the innings, but immediately after tea, Paul had also found just enough movement to trouble Brooks, who was bowled by a ball that shaped to swing away but then straightened to pass between bat and pad, to make it 37-2.The 19-year-old Paul then dismissed Kevin Stoute (11), who was undone by a good ball that moved away fractionally off the seam.Alleyne and Williams then survived a testing period until Alleyne went off Rutherford for a 77-ball 32.But the Jaguars were further inspired by Paul, who trapped Williams leg before wicket for 11, before he had Justin Greaves taken at the wicket for one.Rutherford then bowled Ashley Nurse (1), but Jonathan Carter (14 not out) and Mario Rampersaud (one not out), survived until play ended.SCOREBOARDGUYANA JAGUARS 1st innings (O/N 180-4)T. Chanderpaul c Rampersaud b Warrican 52C. Hemraj run out (Greaves) 79L. Johnson* b Carter 02V. Singh c Rampersaud b Greaves 15S. Chanderpaul c and b Warrican 30G. Motie not out 72A. Bramble lbw b Warrican 0K. Paul b Williams 19S. Rutherford c Harding b Nurse 25V. Permaul b Nurse 4K. Joseph c Brooks b Nurse 0Total: (all out; 105.4 overs) 314Extras: (b-4, lb-4, w-1, nb-8) 17Fall of wickets: 1-115, 2-120, 3-147,4-173, 5-219, 6-219, 7-264, 8-302, 9-314, 10-314Bowling: Greaves 13-1-44-1, Harding 15-2-45-0, Nurse 8.4-2-33-3, Stoute 20-7-35-0, Warrican 29-6-91-3, Carter 6-1-8-1, Williams 14-5-50-1Barbados Pride 2nd InningsA. Alleyne c Paul b Rutherford 32S. Mosely c Singh b Joseph 5S. Brooks b Paul 22K. Stoute c wk Bramble b Paul 11K. Williams lbw b Paul 11J. Carter not out 14J. Greaves c wk Bramble b Paul 0A. Nurse not out 1Total: (for seven wickets; 37.2 overs) 126Extras: (w-1, b-24, nb-3) 28Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-37, 3-61, 4-80, 5-98, 6-105Bowling: Joseph 9-4-23-1, Paul 17.2-8-38-4, Rutherford 10-3-40-2, Motie 1-0-1-0Position: Pride lead by 106 with three second innings wickets standinglast_img read more