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PSBB fails to flatten COVID-19 curve in East Java: Task force

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first_imgWhile other regions have claimed that large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) have helped flatten the COVID-19 infection curve, East Java health authorities say the policy has yet to flatten the curve in the provincial capital of Surabaya.East Java COVID-19 task force curative management head Joni Wahyuhadi said the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases had continued to rise in Surabaya and its neighboring regencies of Sidoarjo and Gresik, despite the imposition of PSBB in the regions since April 28.Ten days after the policy was implemented, Surabaya and its satellite areas recorded that the number of confirmed cases had increased by 53.7 percent from 508 to 781. Surabaya has become the disease epicenter in the province with 592 confirmed cases and 78 fatalities as of Thursday. The fatality rate in the area also remains high as it currently stands above 10 percent of total confirmed cases. The Health Ministry recorded 1,267 confirmed cases and 133 deaths in East Java on Thursday.Read also: Jakarta’s curve flattened? Experts question government’s claim“Our evaluation from the epidemiological approach shows that the contact index and transmission rate have remained high,” Joni told journalists on Thursday evening.He added that the task force believed the policy had failed to flatten the curve due to low public obedience to health protocols, such as maintaining physical distance and wearing face masks. Topics :center_img Joni recommended PSBB be enforced in a stricter manner in the following days.Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa said earlier that her administration would likely extend the PSBB for another 14 days if the policy had not succeeded in curbing COVID-19 transmission.Read also: Police lock up 171 people for violating curfew during PSBB in Greater SurabayaApart from the increasing cases, health authorities have also discovered new clusters of virus transmission in the area, including in a factory owned by tobacco giant PT HM Sampoerna in Surabaya, where two workers died and 60 others were infected by the virus.The East Java COVID-19 task force has been working to track and test more people in the cluster to prevent further spread.The provincial task force is scrambling to establish emergency hospitals in Greater Surabaya as COVID-19 referral centers are overcrowded. According to data from health authorities, there are 403 beds at COVID-19 referral centers in Surabaya to handle 869 patients who need intensive care. In Sidoarjo, only 160 beds are available for 212 COVID-19 patients; while Gresik has 24 beds for 117 patients. (kuk)last_img read more

Villas-Boas may quit as Marseille manager

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first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas is set to hand in his resignation after sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta left the club, according to reports.The former Chelsea and Tottenham boss has only been at the Ligue 1 giants since the summer of 2019 and led them back to the Champions League in his first season in charge. The decision to halt the French football season amid the coronavirus pandemic and the method used to devise a final Ligue 1 table ensured Marseille finished second behind Paris Saint-Germain and clinched a return to Europe’s top table.But French football writer Matt Spiro has claimed Villas-Boas is now set to resign following the exit of Zubizarreta earlier this week.Villas-Boas admitted earlier this month he wanted to meet with the club owners and hierarchy to discuss plans for the future.He insisted he was happy in Ligue 1 but only if the club would back him in the transfer market this summer.“The most important thing, for me, is to understand what will happen in the structure,” he added. “I have to understand more or less who will be alongside me. We need and want to have the power to make decisions.“I’m doing well at Marseille, I don’t want to look for other clubs or options. I want to play the Champions League with Marseille, but I want to know but how economically dependent we are. If we are unable to do a good job, I think it is not worth it.“It’s important that we, alongside the sporting director, have the opportunity to have a transfer window of quality transfers, under not the best conditions, but that will allow us to be competitive. We are not naive enough to forget the economic situation of the club.”Villas-Boas was trying to salvage his managerial career in France after two poor spells in England and stints in Russia and China.He recently insisted there is no chance of a return to England in the future and would prefer another spell in Asia, after managing China’s Shanghai SIPG. Tags: Andoni ZubizarretaAndre Villas-BoasCoronavirusMarseilleParis Saint-Germainlast_img read more

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