‘Chaotic’: Epidemiologists concerned about healthcare crisis after recent surge in COVID-19 cases

first_imgEpidemiologists have raised concerns over the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, which has led to a crisis at health facilities following the country’s consecutive long weekends that saw high mobility among the people.The country recorded its biggest one-day rise on three consecutive days from Thursday to Friday. According to the Health Ministry, there were 9,030 new COVID-19 on those days.Indonesia has recorded 169,195 confirmed cases as of Saturday, with 7,261 fatalities and 122,802 recoveries. “It took 114 days for the first 50,000 cases, 33 days for another 50,000 and only 23 days for the other 50,000,” Syahrizal said on Friday. “We estimate that could reach 500,000 by the end of the year or early next year.”He added that the country’s healthcare system was currently handling around 40,000 active cases nationwide. If the number of new cases continues to rise, it could put a burden on hospitals.Hospitals in Jakarta, the hardest-hit province where the weekly positivity rate is around 10.1 percent, have been overwhelmed with new patients since authorities decided to ease restrictions and allow businesses to resume activities.Data from the Jakarta Health Agency, as quoted by tempo.co, show that around 71 percent of the 483 intensive care units beds for COVID-19 patients across the capital had been occupied as of Aug. 23.Syahrizal estimated that the country would need between 140,000 and 150,000 additional beds for new patients.“The situation is chaotic and worrying due to the lack of compliance to health protocols. We need serious and large-scale steps,” said Syahrizal.Read also: ‘Pull the brake’: Unease as more than half of COVID-19 beds in Jakarta in useDespite calls from experts to pull the “emergency brake”, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan decided to extend the transitional period of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to Sept. 10.Syahrizal urged the city administration to enforce health protocols during the transitional PSBB, especially in regard to face mask usage in public. He also called on the central government to hold a massive campaign on wearing face masks and sanctions for violators.Authorities in Jakarta are also raising awareness on the importance of face masks. On Friday, the South Jakarta Police and local military personnel distributed free masks for people found not wearing one at Kebayoran Lama Market, tempo.co reported.Pandu urged health authorities to strengthen surveillance by pushing for more and better testing, large-scale contact tracing and isolation for people who test positive.He acknowledged that it might be challenging to control transmission in the capital given that a large number of people from suburban areas come into the city for work almost daily.“The central government can play an important role here. Good coordination with the local administration is necessary because this involves people’s mobility across administrative borders,” said Pandu. (kuk)Topics : Pandu Riono, an epidemiologist from the University of Indonesia, said that the recent surge in cases was caused by the two long weekends for Independence Day on Aug. 17 and Islamic New Year on Aug. 20.Read also: Indonesia sees record high in COVID-19 cases for third day runningAnother epidemiologist from the University of Indonesia, Syahrizal Syarif, echoed Pandu’s statement, saying that COVID-19 was spreading faster than it ever had.last_img read more

Two teens face charges after Fayette County crash

first_imgConnersville, Ind. — Two Wayne County teens are facing charges after a Fayette County crash Thursday night.At 8:30 p.m. Indiana State Police responded to the 3200 block of Fayette County Road 925 North and found a vehicle that had rolled and hit a tree. The report indicates the driver, Dylan Isaacs, 19, of Richmond, was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate a curve. The car went off the road, rolled and hit a tree.A test determined Isaacs had a blood alcohol level of .15 percent. He treated for minor injuries at a hospital in Connersville and charged with operating while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level above .15 percent, minor consuming, minor in possession of alcohol, driving left of center and speed too fast to avoid a collision. The passenger, Gabriel Payne, 18, of Cambridge City, was cited for minor consuming and minor in possession of alcohol. Payne was treated for minor injuries as well.last_img read more

Positives aplenty in defeat

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThough Wisconsin dropped its rivalry game against MarquetteSaturday, head coach Bo Ryan believes that with the aggressive all-aroundscoring, stamina and key leadership within the team, the Badgers played with adetermined mindset.”You’re always trying to put your players in the bestposition to be successful,” Ryan said during his Monday press conference. “Younever want to overburden anybody, and nobody has ever done that with anybodyelse.”Despite a valiant effort against the Golden Eagles, theBadgers lost, 81-76, snapping a 28-game home winning streak. However, Ryan ispleased with the way the team played.”We did a pretty good job … we got the clock stopped,” Ryansaid. “Actually, it couldn’t have played out any better for having a chance tocome from behind.”Scoringcontinues to stay balancedOne of the key trends for UW this season has been thebalanced scoring pattern throughout the team. In each of the last seven games,eight different players have scored in double figures. Saturday, Brian Butchled the team with 17 points, shooting 50 percent from the field. Trevon Hughesadded 16 points and four assists, while Michael Flowers chipped in anadditional 14 points in his first start of the season.When asked if this teamwork was an accurate display of thetype of squad he is coaching this season, Ryan was quick to defend his AlandoTucker-less team.”A guy doesn’t have to go on the floor and feel that he hasto get 20 points,” Ryan said. “We can get five or six guys scoring betweeneight and 14 and still end up with very good production. We still want guys tobe aggressive with scoring, looking for their shots, improving with theirindividual moves, being able to deliver … of course we want all that.”Additionally, Ryan emphasized distributing the basketball.”You have to think about yourself as a player so that youcan deliver when it is a good shot and it is a good opportunity. But also, howto get somebody else an opportunity: draw in help, finding the open person,kicking it out,” he said.Reboundingdeters BadgersDespite another aggressive scoring effort for the majorityof the game, the Badgers struggled against Marquette in other areas. For thefirst time this season, the team was out-rebounded 41-34. The Badgers onlyconverted on 60 percent of their free throws, while the Golden Eagles hit sevenof their last nine free throws of the game to hold on to the lead.”You have to believe in your players — that they want to dothe right things the next opportunity they have,” Ryan said of the struggles.”Sometimes you’ve got to get knocked upside the head … figuratively, where youstumble and you’ve got to get up.”Ryan looks toseniorsWith a tougher schedule in the near future, Ryan is lookingto the older players on the team to set the tempo. Senior Brian Butch ranksthird in the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 8.6 boards a game, while seniorMichael Flowers is averaging 9.4 points and shooting .444 (28-of-63) from thefield. Junior Joe Krabbenhoft is second on the team in minutes, and tied forsecond in rebounding and assists. To Ryan, the offensive contributions thatthese players bring to the team come secondary to the overall impact theyhave.”If you have success doing certain things early, when youunderstand the process, it is really about not trying to do things that youcan’t do,” Ryan said. “From my 30 years of experience, that’s what we try todo. We try to get people to set examples. And sooner or later, the younger guysget it.”Leuer’s playreflection of teamForward Jon Leuer hit two big 3-pointers against the Eagles,but Ryan made it clear that these offensive opportunities can be directlyattributed to an overall team contribution, not just the growing play of thefreshman.”It could have been him (Leuer) in that position, it couldhave been J-Bo (Bohannon), it could have been Michael Flowers,” Ryan said.”Balance … we’re going to need that. You can’t always refer to what has been,but how many explosive players do you find like Alando Tucker that can createsomething on his own? They’re rare. A lot of times then, you might have a teamthat might have to make one more pass.”last_img read more

Baksh was a strong believer in young people – PYO

first_imgProgressive Youth Organisation (PYO) in offering its condolences on the passing of former parliamentarian and Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Chairman Alli Baksh, reflected on his life and contributions.Former Minister Alli Baksh“He was a mentor and exceptional example for young people in the Party. He played an integral role in nurturing and developing the careers of many leaders,” the PYO said in a statement on Friday.According to the PYO, Baksh’s loyalty, commitment, and selflessness in the struggles against “oppression, discrimination and dictatorship were most admirable. Comrade Alli was a wise counsel who was patient and attentive to the concerns of youths and these qualities made him an exceptional leader.”Representatives of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) youth arm further noted, “Comrade Alli was a strong believer in young people and played particular emphasis on their involvement at all levels of leadership. To the end, he remained a guiding force and inspirational motivator to the PYO. He spoke with passion about the youth arm as he himself played a crucial and fundamental role is its early days.”Baksh was appointed Minister within the Agriculture Ministry after then President Donald Ramotar took office in 2011.Prior to that, Baksh took on the role of Region Two Chairman from 1992, and operated in that capacity for almost 20 years. Additionally, he also served as a Member of Parliament representing the PPP/Civic.Meanwhile, Women’s Progressive Organisation (WPO) leader Sheila Mathura stated on Friday that Baksh would “go down in history as the one who spearheaded the structural, social and economic developments on the Essequibo Coast”.Baksh will be laid to rest today in Essequibo.last_img read more


first_imgA man who has admitted killing another man in a bar on Arranmore Island tried to commit suicide shortly before the attack.Stephen Boyle, 41, crashed his car into a wall to try and do away with himself a month before the incident, a court was told.Boyle has admitted killing but denies murdering Paul Boyle at Early’s Bar on Arranmore in October, 2009. Mr Boyle of Austen House, Cambridge Road, Kilburn Park, London has pleaded not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter at the Central Criminal Court.John Boyle, a brother of the accused, revealed that a month before there was an incident where the accused crashed his BMW into a wall to ‘try and do away with himself’.The witness told the court his brother was crying after the incident and he was concerned he was suicidal.He told Mr Vincent Heneghan BL prosecuting that after the incident he got a call and he went to collect his brother who was in bad shape and was crying.“I was concerned the way he was talking. I thought he might take his life or something”, he told the court.Witness Brendan Gillespie said that Paul Boyle was stuck twice by the accused with a glass, which he said broke after the second blow.Under cross-examination, he revealed that when Paul Boyle was struck first, his head went forward but said: “I’m sure he didn’t mean to cut him in the neck.”He said he didn’t remember hearing any shouting or seeing Paul Boyle engaging in a blocking exercise.The owner of the bar, Gerry Early, told Mr Micheal O Higgins that Paul Boyle, 19, had to put out of the bar over an incident earlier that evening.The trial continues today before a jury of six men and six women and Justice Patrick McCarthy.ARRANMORE KILLING – ACCUSED TRIED TO COMMIT SUICIDE MONTH BEFORE ATTACK was last modified: February 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Arranmore IslandCENTRAL CRIMINAL COURTPaul BoyleStephen Boylelast_img read more