Another denial, another death: West Java finds out about fatal COVID-19 case on social media

first_imgThe West Java Health Agency said it only discovered later that a patient who died while being treated in a hospital in Cianjur had tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.Agency head Berli Hamdani Gelung Sakti said the patient, who was identified as a 50-year-old male employee of a state-owned enterprise, was treated at Dr. Hafiz General Hospital in Cianjur on March 1 after showing COVID-19 symptoms. He died two days later in the hospital. Berli explained that the patient was admitted to the Cianjur hospital after being treated at Mitra Keluarga Hospital in West Bekasi from Feb. 22 to 26. His health had kept deteriorating and he died before he could be transferred to Hasan Sadikin Hospital, a referral hospital for the disease, in Bandung.  At that time, the government’s spokesperson for the COVID-19 outbreak, Achmad Yurianto, denied the patient died from the disease. However, a widely circulated picture on social media revealed that the late patient had actually tested positive for the virus.“We later confirmed it [again] to the central government and the result is indeed positive,” Berli said on Monday. He added that the patient had visited his relatives in Cianjur after he was discharged from Mitra Keluarga Hospital. Berli said he could not explain the conflicting information on the patient since the testing was conducted by officials from the Health Ministry. The previous tests showed that the patient was negative for COVID-19. “The hospital workers in Cianjur only observed the process,” Berli said.The Cianjur case was the latest evidence of the government’s sluggish testing mechanism that had resulted in uninformed health workers and local officials handling a COVID-19-positive case. In Denpasar, Bali, a 53-year-old woman, known as Case 25, who became the first fatality from the disease in the country, was treated at hospital without officials being told her health condition. Only after her death was announced were local officials informed about the patient’s status.   Read also: Bali authorities in the dark as COVID-19 patient dies on resort island Berli said he only received information from Yurianto.“The [Cianjur] hospital workers said they [ministry officers] twice took samples from the patient when he was still using breathing support,” Berli added. Separately, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said he referred to the test results from the Health Ministry’s Health Research and Development Agency upon announcing the patient’s COVID-19 status. “The government said he had tested negative at that time, but the result became positive because Mr. Yurianto said the test needs to be conducted twice. Patients could be exposed to the virus even when they were already declared healthy. That was the explanation they gave me,” Ridwan said. The patient’s wife and children also tested positive for the disease.  “The patient’s wife and children tested positive, while he underwent examination twice. It was negative at first and turned positive after the second test,” Ridwan said. (dpk)center_img Topics :last_img read more

Shun church or ‘go to hell’, Zimbabwe government warns

first_imgMeanwhile around 40 cars were seen in the carpark outside a Methodist school frequented by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, an AFP correspondent said.Mnangagwa last Tuesday declared the new coronavirus pandemic a “national disaster” as he banned gatherings of more than 100 people. But the next day he held a political rally in the east of the southern African country attended by several hundred people.Also, despite ordering his ministers not to travel abroad, a ban he said applied to himself, the president travelled to Windhoek for the inauguration of his Namibian counterpart Hage Geingob.Angolan and Botswanan presidents Joao Lourenco and Mokgweetsi Masisi were also present at the event attended by several hundred people.Botswanan civil servants have been ordered not to leave the country, while in Angola, Lourenco decreed the closure of land borders and banned commercial flights as well as gatherings of more than 50 people.  Topics : A Zimbabwe spokesman warned people against flocking to church Sunday in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and even claimed that worshippers risked going to hell.”A quick survey around town [in the capital Harare] shows a lot of religious activity above 100 people,” government spokesman Nick Mangwana said on Twitter.”Let’s be responsible. All of us will die. And then go to hell,” he said.center_img The government has banned gatherings of more than 100 people to ward off the spread of the new coronavirus.The southern African country, whose healthcare system has been eroded by two decades of economic decline, has so far recorded two cases of COVID-19.Harare resident Joyce Ndlovu said her church had staggered masses so that none would exceed 100 faithful.”Not going to church on Sunday is not an option,” she said. “So we have decided to not all go at the same time.”last_img read more

NORAD volunteers track Santa and crew

first_imgBatesville, In— The journey has begun and Santa Claus is on the way!Members of the U.S. Military will track Santa and provide an escort through U.S. airspace. Santa’s progress will be tracked online here.The North American Aerospace Defense Command – or NORAD – is responsible for tracking every flight over the U.S. and Canada. NORAD will use U.S. Department of Defense satellites and technology to keep the journey on track. They will monitor his flight and even provide fighter jet escorts – if the need should arise over North America.This year, more than 1,250 volunteers, including some elves, will be in NORAD’s call center, providing updates in as many as eight languages.last_img read more

Winters ponders next Rebel move

first_imgMick Winters will consider options under both codes for Rebel Fitz following his encouraging return to action at Galway on Sunday. The 2012 Galway Hurdle hero was a hot favourite to clinch his fifth victory at Ballybrit in the At The Races Chase, despite having been off the track since last October. He looked set to win convincingly after jumping his way to the front at the second-last, but began to falter on the run-in and was caught by the rallying Cailin Annamh. Winters is confident his stable star will strip fitter for the run and his next possible port of call is the Listowel Festival. Winters said: “He’s good this morning. I suppose we’re a little bit disappointed, but he ran a great race. “Going two miles and six (furlongs) first time out wasn’t going to be easy and he jumped super and took himself to the front. If we hadn’t pushed the button as early, maybe he would have held on, but that’s racing and he’s got the run under his belt now. “He should improve for it and we’ll see where we go now. “There’s the Flat race in Listowel (Slan Abhaile), he’s qualified for that and there’s no stalls, so that might suit. We might even look at the Kerry National. “There’s the Cesarewitch as well, so there are a few options and we’ll see which way we go nearer the time.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Lyon open to Australia Test vice-captaincy

first_imgMelbourne, June 7: Seasoned off-spinner Nathan Lyon has expressed his willingness to step up as the vice captain of Australia’s Test side and fill the leadership vacuum left by Steve Smith and David Warner.Following the ball-tampering saga that rocked Australian cricket earlier this year, Australia have named Tim Paine as the skipper but are yet to name his deputy and Lyon, the country’s most experienced Test player by some margin, is among the leading contenders to fill the role.The 30-year-old was overlooked when Warner was appointed Smith’s deputy in 2015 and while he has no senior captaincy experience, he is a highly respected member of the playing group.Lyon says fellow bowlers Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood are among those who need to take on extra responsibility, regardless of who gets the job. IANSlast_img read more

Cricket News Rashid still waiting for response, DGC says didn’t receive any letter

first_imgNew Delhi : Still fighting for playing rights at the Delhi Golf Club, Rashid Khan on Friday said he has submitted his letter charting the terms of settlement to the DGC committee, a claim denied by its president Major (retd.) Ravinder Singh Bedi. Rashid has been banned by the DGC along with a group of golfers from practising at the course since last January.To restore his playing rights, the two-time Asian tour winner had handed over a letter to DGC committee member Amit Luthra on June 3, but said he is still waiting for a response from the club. “I had given the letter to Amit Luthra on 3rd June. Till now I haven’t got any reply from them doesn’t look like they want to finish this,” Rashid told PTI.”We tried to talk to president and captain but they refused. Luthra told me there will be a meeting on 13 or 14th June but nope they’re just wasting our time.” However, the DGC president said the committee has not received any letter from the golfer. “They haven’t submitted any letter to the committee. He may have submitted to Mr Luthra but Mr Luthra is not authorised to talk on behalf of the committee. So we haven’t received any letter directly from Rashid,” Bedi said.”Mr Luthra has not submitted any letter to the committee and if Rashid has to seek any solution, he has to write as Rashid and not write as ‘we’. If he wants any consideration from the club, he should write directly to the club. So far we have nothing at all.”In the letter addressed to the DGC committee members, Rashid wrote: “There has been a big misunderstanding and we would like to clear few things. Fighting each other won’t solve anything. I think we should sit across the table and clear few things.”High court was the only option left for us to get justice when DGC restricted all of our entry to the club and stopped our playing rights.”We all know what has happened in last 5 months to us players, we don’t want to fight against DGC who has given us everything in life and in sports of golf. We only want our permanent playing rights in written. We guarantee you to take back all the charges against DGC,” he added. The letter goes on to give explanations for all the allegations levelled against him and the other golfers by the DGC. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

2020 US Open: Number Two Seed Kenin in Tears after Exit

first_imgAustralian Open champion and second seed Sofia Kenin was in tears after losing in the last 16 of the US Open yesterday.The 21-year-old American, the highest seed left in the women’s singles, lost 6-3 6-3 to Belgian Elise Mertens.“I cried after already. Just trying to hold it back right now. I’m not happy about that match,” she said afterwards. “Tonight is not going to be such a great night because I’m pretty bummed about what happened. I hate losing.”The Moscow-born player, who had not dropped a set in her first three rounds, struggled with her serve against Mertens.She won only 56% of first serve points compared to 75% for Mertens, and also served up three double faults.“I did better at the US Open than I usually do, fourth round, that’s better,” added Kenin, who had lost in the third round for the last three years.“This is not funny, but somehow you have to joke around. I’m going to take the positives from here, try to forget this match.“I obviously did not bring my game that I wanted to bring against a player like her. You have to have your game, not make that many mistakes like I did.”Kenin said she would now dust herself down and focus on the clay court season.“I’m heading over to Rome. Possibly Strasbourg, I’m not sure, but for sure Paris,” she added. “Hopefully I can do well there.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Visiting Syracuse edges Princeton in double overtime

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 5, 2014 at 8:17 pm Hitting the road to take on Princeton (3-7, 2-1 Ivy), Syracuse pulled out a thrilling 4-3 double-overtime victory on Sunday. Back Annalena Ulbrich provided two goals for the Orange (8-3, 0-3 Atlantic Coast) before junior forward Emma Russell netted the game-winner.Continuing her impressive freshman year, Ulbrich pushed the Orange out to an early 2-0 lead in the first 30 minutes. She buried the first goal of the game just 1:50 in off of a penalty corner. Freshman midfielder Lieke Visser and senior back Jordan Page were credited with assists.Holding a 1-0 lead just before halftime, Ulbrich struck again on another penalty corner at the 28:41 mark as Visser and Page again recorded assists.But, the momentum that Syracuse appeared to build was nearly wiped out at the 35-minute mark. Princeton’s Cassidy Arner snuck a shot past SU goalkeeper Jess Jecko on a feed from Annabeth Donovan.Thirty-one seconds after halftime, the Tigers’ Maddie Copeland drew things even at 2-2.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJust more than four minutes later, Copeland struck again. After a backhand from Ryan McCarthy trickled through the goalmouth, Copeland was right there to tap it in, giving the Tigers a 3-2 lead.At the 47:51 point, Visser chipped in a rebound off Princeton goalkeeper Anya Gersoff, knotting the score at 3-3.Still tied at three goals each after 70 minutes, Princeton and Syracuse headed to overtime. In the first overtime period, the Orange registered eight shots on goal, but wasn’t able to score the winning goal. The Tigers registered four shots on goal in the first overtime period.However, in the second overtime period, on SU’s third shot on goal of the period, Russell buried a shot from the left post to give SU the victory.Facing 16 shots on goal, Gersoff stopped 12 Syracuse shots. Jecko saved five of the Tigers’ eight shots.After losing its first three ACC games, the Orange has rebounded with nonconference wins over Hofstra and Princeton in the past week, outscoring the two by a combined score of 10-5.Syracuse now turns its attention to its meeting with Louisville (10-2, 3-1) on Saturday at J.S. Coyne Stadium starting at 11 a.m.Compiled by Josh Carney, contributing writer. Commentslast_img read more

L.A. Times/Dornsife poll on Senate race released

first_imgA new poll conducted by the Los Angeles Times and the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences revealed that California Attorney General Kamala Harris has an early lead in the U.S. Senate contest, garnering the support of 28 percent of individuals surveyed.The poll also shows Harris having strong support from certain groups, such as residents of the Bay Area. Many strategists have analyzed that Harris’ seat is by no means certain, however, as she is an unknown candidate to more than 50 percent of voters and is mostly viewed unfavorably by Republican voters — 15 percent are in favor compared to 21 percent not in favor.Other results show that 19 percent of voters chose Antonio Villaraigosa, 9 percent chose Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, 6 percent chose Assemblyman Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside), 6 percent chose former California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro and 5 percent chose U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank). Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced on Tuesday he would not run for Sen. Boxer’s vacated Senate seat.A majority of Californians is also optimistic about the future of state politics, with 45 percent expressing that the state is “on the right track,” as opposed to 39 percent who disagree. Gov. Jerry Brown also received his highest approval rating in the history of the Dornsife/L.A. Times poll, scoring the support of 64 percent of voters.“In addition to asking about more specific policy issues, I get a broader sense of what Californians think about California and what they like about living here and what they don’t,” said Dan Schnur, executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics in an interview with the L.A. Times and Dornsife.These results come amid a climate of pessimism for California residents. The polls show that 42 percent of Californians thought “the next generation of Californians would it have worse off than they did,” compared to 28 percent who thought California “would be a better place to live in the future” and 24 percent who thought California “will be the same for the next generation.”“The most appealing aspects of California for most people who live here [are] not surprising,” Schnur said. “It’s the lifestyle, people talked about the weather, they talked about access to the coast and the beach, they talk about family and friends, they talked about cultural and demographic diversity. So what they liked most about California is what California represents to them on a personal basis.”Only one in four people expressed desire to move, 69 percent of Californians now cite the climate as their favorite aspect of the state instead of employment and earnings potential (12 percent). Californians also cited as “poor” several key measures of quality of life, such as traffic (82 percent), affordable housing (78 percent), affordable college (66 percent), taxes (66 percent), government spending (65 percent) and income inequality (59 percent).Cathleen Decker, politics editor for the L.A. Times, commented that the poll results revealed that Californians did not support regulations, but were optimistic for the positive opportunity the state brought.“People were not really all that keen on regulations,” Decker said. “They saw regulations as getting in the way of a full economic recovery, but they remained optimistic when asked about whether the opportunities and the offerings … By almost 20 points, they felt that opportunities outweighed the downside.”Moreover, when asked why they might relocate from the state, 31 percent articulated it to the cost of living, 20 percent said employment, 20 percent said government and politicians and 11 percent said the cost of owning a home.However, the poll also highlighted some positive sentiments about lifestyle in the state, as 85 percent of Californians consider the culture and the arts to be “excellent or good,” 74 percent rated innovation as “excellent” or “good” and 77 percent appreciated the preservation of natural resources.Schnur explained that individuals polled are concerned that the standard quality of living in California will decrease for their children.“On the other hand, they are very concerned with what California is going to offer their children,” Schnur said. “Even Californians who decided it’s worth the aggravation in order to stay here, they are still not certain … they are very, very skeptical that their children are going to have as high a standard of living and have as quality an experience in the state as they’ve had.”A majority of Californians is also optimistic about the future of state politics, with 45 percent expressing that the state is “on the right track,” as opposed to 39 percent of those who disagree.Sarah Dhanaphatana contributed to this report.last_img read more

3 from 3 for Sammy B

first_imgSam Bennett notched up his hat-trick of stage wins at the Tour of Turkey today.The Carrick on Suir rider once again proved fastest at the end of the 130 kilometre third stage of the World Tour event.The Bora Hansgrohe sprinter also extended his lead in the overall classification to 14 seconds over Edward Theuns of Trek Segafredo. Bennett is likely to relinquish the leaders jersey on tomorrow’s mountain stage but will be hoping to get back to winning ways before the race finishes in Istanbul on Sunday.last_img read more