West Java traces additional COVID-19 cases in two major clusters

first_imgHealth authorities in West Java are tracking additional COVID-19 cases belonging to two major clusters in the province.West Java Health Agency secretary Siska Gerfianti said the two clusters emanated from a religious seminar held by Bethel Church of Indonesia (GBI) in Lembang in March and the National Police’s Officer Candidate School in Sukabumi.“We found one [additional] positive COVID-19 case from the GBI cluster. [The patient] works in a factory and has possibly given the virus to other people. Rapid testing of several people in the factory shows that some have tested positive. We suggested the factory be closed,” Siska said. She added that some students of the officer school had returned to their respective hometowns, although they had previously been quarantined after some tested positive during an earlier round of rapid testing.“We found five COVID-19 transmission chains in this cluster. We have to really pay attention to this cluster because of its high potential for disease transmission,” Siska said.The health agency has detected five COVID-19 clusters in the province. In addition to the Lembang and Sukabumi clusters, there is a cluster from an anti-riba (usury) seminar, a cluster from a religious seminar held by the Protestant Churches of Western Indonesia (GPIB) in Bogor and a cluster from a West Java Youth Entrepreneur Forum in Karawang.Read also: Jakarta’s satellite areas extend COVID-19 curbs for second time, with stricter rules The agency also recorded an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in several cities and regencies in the province, including Sukabumi, Banjar, Karawang and Garut.“There are 11 chains of local transmission spread throughout 11 districts in Karawang. We also detected a cluster in Garut as a result of Bangladesh nationals [who had COVID-19] visiting the city.”West Java has performed 113,000 rapid tests out of its target of 300,000 as of the time of the writing. It has also conducted 2,999 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests daily. The total daily capacity of the eight laboratories in the province currently capable of performing PCR tests is 5,838.Health agency head Berli Hamdani said the poor quality of the testing kits had caused them to spend more time and use more reagents to verify test results.“The newly opened laboratories are still using manual extraction methods with a limited number of operators,” said Berli. “Our laboratories need more reagents – especially for PCR testing – and other equipment to extract swab samples from people.”The West Java administration is preparing 11 laboratories, in addition to the current 8, for COVID-19 PCR testing. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal asked Scotland to leave out Tierney – Clarke

first_imgRelatedPosts Joe Aribo scoops Young Player, Goal of the season awards Saka: I’ll remember this week forever Arsenal sweat on Bukayo Saka new deal Scotland have not called up left back Kieran Tierney for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers, after his Premier League club Arsenal requested that the national team leave him out, manager Steve Clarke said on Tuesday.Tierney, the most expensive player to be recruited from the Scottish Premiership when Arsenal signed him in August for £25 million, made his debut for the London club in September after recovering from double hernia surgery.The 22-year-old has made six appearances in all competitions this season but was withdrawn towards the end of last weekend’s 1-1 league draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Scotland boss Clarke said the nature of his issue was a “question for Arsenal” to answer.“Kieran’s got an ongoing issue that Arsenal are keen to address in the next international break.“Arsenal asked us not to select him. It’s a little bit frustrating. It’s obviously frustrating for Kieran as well but we’ve got good cover in that position.Looking ahead to Wednesday’s Europa League clash against Portuguese side Vitoria, Arsenal said on their website that they had “no first team squad players unavailable due to injury”.Clarke told a news conference ahead of Scotland’s qualifiers against Cyprus on Nov. 16 and Kazakhstan three days later, that Liverpool’s Andy Robertson is expected to start at left back for Scotland.“I have to focus on the players that come.“My job is to try and build a squad… that’s 100% committed, ready to come here and do their best for the country,” he added.Belgium and Russia have already qualified from Scotland’s group but Clarke’s side, who sit fourth in Group I, can still qualify for the finals through the playoffs. Tags: Kieran TierneyScotlandlast_img read more

Harrington leads delayed Honda

first_img Harrington, who won this tournament 10 years ago, carded a second-round 66 which took him to seven under par overall, one shot ahead of American Patrick Reed. The second round was completed on Saturday, after bad weather and light had forced an early end on Friday, but the day’s play was then ended 50 minutes into the third round due to lightning in the area as well as heavy wind and rain. When play does get back under way on Sunday, Harrington will be hoping to keep the momentum going. He has not been victorious on the PGA or European Tour since winning the last of his third majors – the US PGA Championship – in 2008, after which he decided to re-model his swing. The Irishman is now 297th in the world but was as low as 371 last year before he won on the Asian Tour’s Bank BRI Indonesia Open in December to give himself a boost. “I think I’m in a good place that I can deliver more performances like this,” he said on the PGA Tour website. “I feel like there’s good days ahead, so, you know, I’m not thinking, ‘Oh, I’ve got to do it and it will be a long time before it comes around again.’ I feel I’m in a good place with my game and I feel I give myself plenty of opportunities like this going forward.” Harrington, who has missed four cuts in his last five PGA Tour matches, ended his round with bogeys at his final two holes but is still ahead of Reed, who shot a 67 on Friday. England’s Ian Poulter put himself firmly in contention with a round of 64, which included an eagle, five birdies and just the one bogey, moving him up to joint third alongside Brendan Steele. Poulter’s compatriot Luke Donald is one shot further back, while Russell Knox of Scotland is on three under overall. Rory McIlroy’s early exit was confirmed, with the world number one missing the cut by three shots after his seven over par score. Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington took the halfway lead at the Honda Classic, which will be completed on Monday after the weather caused more delays at PGA National. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Tuesday January 14th “The Midday Report”

first_imgListen to “The Midday Report” from Tuesday January 14thlast_img