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‘Buzzers’ tell PLN customers that their bills are fine

first_imgSocial media users, known in Indonesia as “buzzers”, have steered discourse in Indonesia following customer complaints against state-owned electricity firm PLN for a significant spike in electricity bills in June resulting from a new billing method and increased at-home work. The response has raised questions about whether it was organic or an artificially mustered campaign.Buzzers have been known to weigh in on political matters, but their involvement in public service disputes is new. At one point, they even launched a negative campaign against a customer who had complained.The hashtag #TagihanPLNOkSaja (PLN billing is fine) was one of the most popular hashtags on Twitter on Tuesday and Wednesday to counter complaints from customers who said their bills were higher than usual. One of the customers was famous singer Tompi, who is also a plastic surgeon, a social media influencer with 1.1 million followers and a supporter of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. On his account @dr_tompi he said his electricity bill had increased significantly and that PLN had not notified him about the change.TAGIHAN PLN MENGGILA! Ini dr PLN kagak ada konfirmasi2 main sikat aja— dr tompi spBP (@dr_tompi) June 10, 2020The tweet had more than 6,000 likes and 2,900 retweets as of Friday afternoon. Others said they had the same experience with PLN.But later, Tompi was on the receiving end of criticism. Some people accused him of changing into a “kampret”, a term used by Jokowi supporters to insult those who supported Jokowi’s opponent during the 2014 and 2019 presidential elections, current Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto. Some Twitter users accused Tompi of complaining about PLN because he had not received a position in Jokowi’s administration.Big data consulting company Drone Emprit founder Ismail Fahmi said on Wednesday that users who promoted #TagihanPLNOkSaja were mostly accounts with less than 10 followers, meaning they were new accounts or perhaps bots. The hashtag reached its peak on the morning of June 9, when the messages tended to anticipate complaints about electricity bills. Some posts that contained the hashtag, for example, explained how to calculate an electricity bill. However, by the afternoon, the tone turned into “anger” because the hashtag was being used by customers upset about their bills, Ismail said. The customers later created a counter-hashtag, which added an expletive to the phrase “PLN billing is fine”. The combative tone continued to the next day.The top tweet for the hashtag, he said, was from a customer who used the hashtag ironically and showed a Rp 20 million electricity bill and a previous bill of Rp 2.5 million.“Have companies changed their way of communicating with the public or clients in this social media era? Should a state-owned company communicate with their clients using memes and ‘buzzers’ without showing sympathy?” Ismail said.PLN has acknowledged the customers’ reports. The spike in electricity bills has been attributed to PLN’s new billing method, where it calculates monthly residential power bills based on consumption during the previous three months. Higher-than-usual consumption in April and May was billed in June.Last week, PLN promised to relax billing for some disgruntled customers.In June, 4.3 million post-paid residential customers saw bills 20 percent higher than in the previous month, PLN data showed.PLN vice president of public relations Arsyadani Ghana Akmalaputri denied that the company had engaged buzzers to drown out customer complaints.”PLN didn’t use buzzers. That is the information that we can convey,” she told The Jakarta Post on Friday.Topics :last_img read more

West Java governor urges Jakarta residents to avoid visiting Puncak

first_imgRidwan said the West Java administration would also increase monitoring at train stations following an increase in commuter activity in Bogor, Depok and Bekasi. Jakarta and its satellite cities have eased travel restrictions, allowing people living in the metropolitan area to move from city to city more freely.The West Java administration planned to conduct random testing at markets, tourist spots and train stations that connect Bogor, Depok and Bekasi with the capital city.Ridwan said his administration was enforcing preventive measures to keep the number of COVID-19 cases low.West Java claimed the virus reproduction rate had been lower than 1 for the last six weeks, which if true means the outbreak in West Java would peter out. (dpk)Topics : Bogor Regent Ade Yasin said the vehicles came through small streets in the area as the regency was limiting travel via major roads due to the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), kompas.com reported.“I urge Jakartans to refrain from going to Puncak, because we found many cars with Jakarta license plates swarming the area. We are making sure that the area will be gradually opened for locals first, not residents outside West Java,” Ridwan said on Tuesday.Read also: ‘New normal’ exposes poor railway infrastructureHe added the administration would ask for the West Java Police’s help in limiting the number of visitors and tourists to Puncak. West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has urged Jakarta residents to refrain from visiting Puncak, a tourist area in Ciawi in Bogor regency, West Java, following reports that the area was packed with tourists over the weekend.Local officials previously reported that the road in Puncak was full of vehicles coming from Jakarta on Saturday and Sunday.last_img read more

Smog causes an estimated 49,000 deaths in Beijing, Shanghai in 2020: Tracker

first_imgThe economic impact was calculated by estimating factors like work absences and years lost due to illness. Measured on a per capita basis, New Delhi in India suffered the most from pollution, losing an estimated 25,000 lives as well as 5.8% of its total GDP since the start of the year.According to the tracker, Shanghai saw an estimated 27,000 deaths from January 1, more than the 22,000 in Beijing, partly a reflection of the city’s higher population.”This also highlights the fact that Shanghai’s pollution is now almost as bad as Beijing’s, as Beijing has improved a lot faster,” said Lauri Myllyvirta, CREA’s lead analyst.According to official Chinese data, concentrations of small, hazardous airborne particles known as PM2.5 were higher in Beijing in the first half of the year than in Shanghai. However, Shanghai registered higher rates of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, two other major components of smog.Overall, smog in China in 2020 has declined compared to last year, with COVID-19 lockdowns cutting traffic and industrial activity, but experts warn that efforts to rejuvenate the economy could cause a rebound in the second half of the year. Air pollution has caused an estimated 49,000 deaths and $23 billion in economic losses in the cities of Beijing and Shanghai alone since Jan. 1, 2020, according to a “clean air counter” launched by environmental groups on Thursday.The online tool launched by the Helsinki-based Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA), Greenpeace Southeast Asia and IQAir Air Visual, measures smog in 28 major cities worldwide and uses models devised by the Global Burden of Disease research program to estimate the health impact.Higher levels of smog are associated with a wide range of diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, heart disease, stroke and lung cancer.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Regulatory reform needed to give Jakarta’s property sector a boost: Experts

first_img“During times where the number of layoffs has reached 6.8 million nationally, we need a sector that can provide job opportunities quickly and massively,” JPI’s executive director, Wendy Haryanto, said on July 9.According to the organization, high-rise commercial and residential property construction has provided 450,000 job opportunities between 2018 and 2020 in Jakarta. Meanwhile, the property and construction sector have contributed to 17.6 percent of Jakarta’s regional GDP, JPI data showed.Wendy stated that the influx of investment and projects from the sector could contribute greatly to the city’s employment rate and overall economy.The ongoing health crisis has worsened the unemployment rate in the country. The government has estimated that some 5.5 million people may lose their jobs this year, pushing Indonesia’s unemployment rate to between 8.1 and 9.2 percent, up from 5.28 percent last year. Topics : Experts have urged the Jakarta administration to reform its building permit (IMB) acquirement procedures to weather the economic impacts of COVID-19. Jakarta Property Institute (JPI), a nonprofit group that mediates dialogue between the government and real estate players, have urged the government to expedite IMB acquirement to attract investment and provide job opportunities amid the current economic woes.Currently, it takes three to four years to acquire a IMB, and then an additional 18 to 36 months to finish the building construction. In total, it takes six years for a building to be constructed, the JPI has noted.center_img “There is still a potential for investment even though it’s leaning toward the residential sector,” Wendy said.A recent survey held by online property marketplace 99.co and rumah123.com found that 76 percent of the surveyed respondents were still looking for a residential property this year amid the economic downturn.Based on the marketplace survey, a quarter of the respondents, most of whom were millennials living in Greater Jakarta, were looking for houses priced between Rp 250 million (US$17,069) and Rp 500 million or Rp 1 billion and Rp 2 billion.However, while there was still potential for demand, Wendy said the painstaking process for developers to obtain a IMB and file all required licenses had caused prices to go up while simultaneously dissuading investors.The World Bank’s 2020 Ease of Doing Business (EODB) index estimated that it took 191 days to complete construction permit requirements for a standard warehouse in Jakarta, above East Asia and Pacific countries’ average of 132 days.The cost of a permit in the capital has also proven to be expensive, at around 8.5 percent of property value, nearly double the average 4.5 percent of property value in East Asia and Pacific countries, according to  the EODB.Besides cumbersome regulation, the construction and property sector are also facing high liquidity risk and immense pressure for shareholder returns due to the impact of COVID-19, Ernst and Young senior adviser Bernardus Djonoputro said.“The unprecedented downturn and limited access to capital is forcing us to work hard and innovate in all aspects of our sector,” he said.The pandemic has brought woes to the country’s construction sector, as inconsistent site closures and supply chain disruption caused by the health crisis are adding to project costs. Bandung Institute of Technology School of Business and Management lecturer Aries Firman said developers must adopt data analytics and utilize automation during their property’s construction to increase efficiency during times when liquidity was scarce.To avoid regulatory hurdles, Aries also urged developers to make comprehensive plans prior to the physical construction phase. “There are many developers that plan as they go. When they are faced with compliance issues, they have to take a step back because they didn’t anticipate them to begin with,” he said.Furthermore, he added that developers could use building plans from a design library rather than start from scratch and consolidate their value chain to improve efficiency and reduce cost.last_img read more

Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll surpasses 90,000

first_imgExperts say under-testing in the country of 212 million people means the real numbers are probably much higher.Technical issues likely contributed to the high daily figures.The health ministry had said Tuesday that problems with its online reporting system had delayed figures from Sao Paulo, Brazil’s most populous state and the one with the most cases and deaths. Topics : Leaving lockdown too soon?Still, the numbers paint a bleak picture of how the country is faring against the virus.It has regularly recorded more than 1,000 deaths a day since early July, and more than 30,000 new cases a day since mid-June.A health ministry official put the prolonged high numbers of cases and deaths down to increased testing.”The testing program in Brazil has expanded a lot in recent weeks. That’s an extremely important point,” Arnaldo Medeiros, secretary for health vigilance, told a news conference.President Jair Bolsonaro faces criticism for his handling of the pandemic.The far-right leader has dismissed the virus as a “little flu” and attacked lockdown measures by state and local authorities to contain it, arguing the economic fallout could be worse than the disease.Even after contracting the virus himself earlier this month, forcing him to work from quarantine at the presidential palace for more than two weeks, Bolsonaro has continued to downplay the severity of the pandemic.Rather than lockdowns, Bolsonaro is pushing the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as the way to fight the virus.Like US President Donald Trump, whom he admires, Bolsonaro touts the drug as a remedy for the virus, despite a slate of scientific studies finding it has no effect against COVID-19 and can cause serious side effects.After testing positive for the virus, the Brazilian leader took hydroxychloroquine himself, regularly showing off his box of pills.Bolsonaro is currently on his third health minister of the pandemic, an active-duty army general with no prior medical experience.The interim minister’s two predecessors, both doctors, left after clashing with Bolsonaro, including over his insistence the health ministry recommend hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19.Meanwhile, most states have begun relaxing their stay-at-home measures, encouraged by the fact the number of infections finally appears to have reached a plateau.But Brazil’s infection curve has flattened at a very high level of daily cases, and experts warn it is still too soon to exit lockdowns in many places.center_img Brazil registered record daily numbers of infections and deaths from the new coronavirus Wednesday, sending its overall death toll surging past 90,000 people.The country, which has been hit harder than any except the United States in the pandemic, recorded 69,074 new cases and 1,595 new deaths in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said.That brought the figures to a total of more than 2.5 million cases and 90,134 people killed since the start of the pandemic.last_img read more

Japan researchers say ozone effective in neutralizing coronavirus

first_imgTopics : Japanese researchers said on Wednesday that low concentrations of ozone can neutralize coronavirus particles, potentially providing a way for hospitals to disinfect examination rooms and waiting areas.Scientists at Fujita Health University told a news conference they had proven that ozone gas in concentrations of 0.05 to 0.1 parts per million (ppm), levels considered harmless to humans, could kill the virus.The experiment used an ozone generator in a sealed chamber with a sample of coronavirus. The potency of the virus declined by more than 90% when subjected to low level ozone for 10 hours. “Transmission of the novel coronavirus may be reduced by continuous, low-concentration ozone treatment, even in environments where people are present, using this kind of system,” said lead researcher Takayuki Murata.”We found it to be particularly effective in high-humidity conditions.”Ozone, a type of oxygen molecule, is known to inactivate many pathogens, and previously experiments have shown that high concentrations, between 1-6 ppm, were effective against the coronavirus but potentially toxic to humans.A recent study at the Georgia Institute of Technology showed that ozone may be effective in disinfecting gowns, goggles and other medical protective equipment.center_img Fujita Medical University Hospital, in Aichi prefecture central Japan, has installed ozone generators to reduce infection in waiting areas and patient rooms.The university has also performed a clinical trial of Fujifilm Holdings Corp’s Avigan drug on COVID-19 patients.last_img read more

Vale projects $120 million in 2020 capital expenditure

first_imgTop nickel matte producer PT Vale Indonesia expects to spend about US$120 million on capital this year, lower than initially expected, primarily because of a project delay.Vale had sought to spend less than $166.6 million this year on capital but further lowered its projection after delaying a plan to rebuild part of its Sorowako nickel smelter in Sulawesi, the country’s nickel mining heartland.The company moved the start of five-month project from the fourth quarter of this year to the second quarter of next year as a result of logistical delays during the pandemic. “This will, of course, affect our production next year,” said Vale chief financial officer Bernardus Irmanto at an online public meeting on Wednesday.Vale, which is traded on the Indonesian Stock Exchange (IDX) under the symbol INCO, disbursed $77.3 million from January to June.As a result of the delay, Vale expects to produce more nickel matte this year than initially expected. The new production target is 73,700 tons, up 4 percent from earlier this year, when the plan to rebuild the smelter was still on track.Vale saw its net profit rise to $53.12 million in the first half of the year, turning around a $26.17 million loss from the same period last year, the company’s financial report shows.Bernadus added that Vale was continuing talks with regulators, lenders and partners to begin developing multimillion dollar smelters in Pomalaa, Southeast Sulawesi, and in Bahadopi, Central Sulawesi. He expected Pomalaa’s Final Investment Decision (FID) by the first half of next year.“Their progress is more or less the same,” he said, noting that Bahadopi was “slightly behind Pomalaa in terms of permits”.Topics :last_img read more

Patients crowd hospitals as Indonesia loses 183 ‘priceless’ medical workers

first_imgCOVID-19 patients are crowding hospitals as bone-tired medical workers continue to bear the brunt of rising case figures, with at least 183 of them having reportedly died of the virus.More than 2,000 daily new cases appears to be the new normal for Indonesia, which on Wednesday recorded 3,075 new cases and 111 deaths — bringing the tally to 180,646 confirmed cases, 42,877 of which are active cases, and 7,616 deaths.The daily new cases figure hit record highs of more than 3,000 for three consecutive days last week, partly attributed to recent long weekends. As people flocked to crowded places, COVID-19 patients swarmed hospitals, prompting fears of a “collapsing healthcare system”, as described by senior public health expert Adang Bachtiar of the Indonesian Public Health Experts Association (IAKMI).”The latest situation is that there has been an escalation of the bed occupancy rate in some hospitals, especially in Jakarta,” COVID-19 task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito told a press briefing on Tuesday.He said isolation and ICU bed occupancy rates at the capital city’s 67 COVID-19 referral hospitals had reached 69 percent and 77 percent, respectively, on Aug. 28. The government was working on bringing the rates down to below 60 percent, including by sending patients in mild to moderate cases to Wisma Atlet, a makeshift hospital designated for COVID-19.Read also: Indonesia sees record high in COVID-19 cases for third day running But Jakarta is not the only one to see such a trend. Data from the Health Ministry’s RS Online system obtained by The Jakarta Post show that some regions, though having seen an increase in isolation and ICU bed capacity, saw a spike in occupancy rates over the past week.The provinces with the highest bed occupancy rates — even as the number of beds increased — were Bali, where occupancy increased from 59.44 percent on Aug. 23 to 72.55 percent on Monday, Jakarta (from 54.62 percent to 67.25 percent) and East Kalimantan (from 49.15 percent to 55.62 percent). These were followed by Central Java (from 41.76 percent to 49.30 percent), Banten (from 41.76 percent to 49.30 percent) and East Java (from 44.76 percent to 49 percent).South and Central Kalimantan saw a slight decrease in the number of COVID-19 beds but their occupancy rates spiked from 53.22 percent to 59.25 percent and from 47.78 percent to 56.58 percent, respectively.The Aug. 31 data show that Indonesia had a total of 42,435 isolation and ICU beds designated for COVID-19 patients, with 23 provinces each having fewer than 1,000 COVID-19 beds.The country has 0.4 physicians per 1,000 population, according to World Bank data from 2018, much lower than the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) average of 3.4 in 2017.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan acknowledged on Tuesday that bed occupancy rates had reached “over 70 percent” and that his administration would increase its hospital bed capacity to suppress the rates to “below the ideal of 60 percent”. He said it would involve more hospitals as COVID-19 referral hospitals. Jakarta has 190 hospitals according to Anies.Read also: Jakarta to require all COVID-19 patients to be quarantined in hospitals”Expanding capacity is not only about [adding] medical devices or rooms; the rooms and medical devices are ready. [It is also about] the human resources,” Jakarta Health Agency head Widyastuti said, adding that the city had recruited some 1,800 medical workers ready to be deployed by next week.Private hospitals had to previously reduce the number of their COVID-19 beds to accommodate non-COVID-19 patients, but the city was still working on involving more private hospitals in the pandemic response, she said.Jakarta’s main COVID-19 referral hospital, Persahabatan Hospital, which is designated for moderate to severe cases, has reported an increase in admissions since late June, with the bed occupancy rate standing at 70 percent on Monday.Not only hospitals are feeling the strain; some community health centers (Puskesmas) have either been forced to close after their workers contracted the virus or have been running understaffed as some workers went into isolation.In Subang, West Java, a Puskesmas has been temporarily closed after at least 41 of its workers contracted the virus.West Java Health Agency head Berli Hamdani said that patients should be honest in disclosing their symptoms to medical workers to suppress health facility transmission, adding that the administration was trying to improve infection control and triage at health facilities.Read also: Medics dying, infections soaring — it’s still the economy?At least 104 doctors have died of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, including two final-year resident doctors and Sulis Bayu Sentono, one of only handful pediatric orthopedics in Indonesia, according to the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI).Twenty-eight of these doctors were based in East Java, 22 in Greater Jakarta, 18 in North Sumatra and the remainder in various regions of the archipelago.Nine dentists have also died of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, according to the IDI. The Indonesian Nurses Association (PPNI), meanwhile, said 70 nurses have died of the disease as of Monday.The number of medical workers infected is estimated to reach thousands.The IDI said it was looking into the deaths, including whether they had comorbidity factors and where they had been providing treatment. The association has previously called for a robust supply of protective personal equipment, better work schedules, routine testing and for hospitals to limit or not deploy workers with high risks and comorbidity factors.Read also: Jokowi mourns medical workers who have fallen to COVID-19The death of hundreds of “priceless” medical workers was an unbearable loss to a country with a “poor” doctor-to-population ratio and “uneven distribution of doctors centered in big cities only”, said Adang of IAKMI.Training a doctor required decades of investment, and losing them, in turn, would cost the country also decades of experience and add more burden to the already short-handed medical workers, he said.”This is a very critical situation; the healthcare system is collapsing. Primary health care is seeing fewer visits; there’s much worry. People are afraid of going to Puskesmas, so they go to the hospitals, causing this second layer to be overloaded,” Adang said.With health promotion, specific protection and early diagnosis — the keys in tackling an outbreak — remaining weak and the government resorting to knee-jerk reactions, it was inevitable that the situation would lead medical workers to develop fatigue and put them at higher risk of infections.”Non-COVID-19 patients are affected, too […]. We’re in deep trouble, and we have to find a way out,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Dollar bounce holds as traders trim short bets

first_imgThe value of euro longs stood at a record high last week.The euro was last at $1.1836, having fallen half a percent overnight, and it made a fresh three-month low of 88.71 pence. The pound slipped to $1.3338, but was above an overnight trough of $1.3284.The Australian dollar dipped to $0.7331 and the kiwi was a touch softer at $0.6764, though it has put up the toughest fight against the dollar’s bounce and is only about 0.4 percent below a 13-month high touched on Wednesday.The Japanese yen is gradually settling back towards where it was before Shinzo Abe resigned as Prime Minister as his close ally Yoshihide Suga firms as the favourite to succeed him.Suga formally declared his candidacy for the Liberal Democratic Party leadership on Wednesday and he is expected to persist with Abe’s aggressive fiscal and monetary stimulus policies.The yen slipped marginally to 106.21 per dollar.Ahead on Thursday are purchasing managers index figures in Asia, Europe and the United States. Markets are also awaiting US payrolls figures on Friday.Topics : “You could put (the dollar bounce) down to a bit of a trend reversal, it’s had a long run downwards,” said BNZ senior markets strategist Jason Wong. “But if it is a floor, it’s only a short term one,” he said.“It’s probably just a pause. Everyone’s pretty bearish dollars for good reason,” he added, pointing to the Federal Reserve’s policy outlook that will likely keep rates very low for a long time.The drop in the euro extended its retreat from the US$1.20 mark, which had begun on Tuesday after the ECB’s chief economist Philip Lane said the euro-dollar rate “does matter” for monetary policy – suggesting the bank might do something about it.Ray Attrill, head of FX strategy at National Australia Bank in Sydney said that was unlikely, but that “Lane’s comments were the excuse for some traders to take profits on long euro positions” that had begun to look stretched. The dollar clung to overnight gains on Thursday, as investors trimmed bets against the greenback and sold the euro on concerns that the European Central Bank was worried about its rise.The bounce has lifted the greenback about 1 percent above the 28-month low it hit against a basket of currencies on Tuesday and brought its first back-to-back daily gains since June.Few analysts expect it to hold for too long but it was steady in morning trade, inching about 0.1 percent firmer on the Australian dollar, kiwi, euro and pound as investors position themselves ahead of US jobs data due on Friday.last_img read more

KPU officially bans crowd puller events for December regional polls

first_img“Article 88C of the [revised] KPU Regulation No. 13/2020 stipulates that political parties, party coalitions, candidate pairs, campaign teams and/or other parties are banned from holding activities stipulated in Article 57,” Ilham said Thursday.Read also: Political parties to run online campaigns for regional electionsThe revised regulation, he explained, also stipulated that regional offices of the Elections Supervision Agency (Bawaslu) would issue a written notice for parties holding the said crowd-pulling activities for campaigns. If the campaign organizers for the candidates fail to follow the warning within one hour of issuance, Bawaslu will disband the campaign activities.Previously, the KPU urged the government to ban activities involving large crowds and impose stricter health protocols for the simultaneous polls, set to take place on Dec. 9, through a regulation in-lieu of law (Perppu).After several meetings with the KPU and Bawaslu to discuss the Perppu, however, the Home Ministry said the government was dropping the plan, opting to revise the KPU regulation instead.As many as 270 regions across the archipelago will participate in this year’s elections to select their new leaders. There have been mounting calls from observers and prominent organizations for the government to postpone the poll for safety reasons amid a recent spike in coronavirus cases.Topics : The General Elections Commission (KPU) has banned crowd-pulling activities during the campaign trails in the upcoming simultaneous regional polls following concerns of heightened COVID-19 transmission in the country.The prohibition was arranged in the newly revised KPU Regulation No. 13/2020 on holding the regional elections during the COVID-19 pandemic, signed by the commission on Thursday, commissioner Ilham Saputra said.Observers and government officials had raised concerns prior to the revision that Article 57 of the regulation might bring further transmission risk as it allowed candidates and supporters to hold music concerts, art performances, harvest festivals, walk and bike events, competitions, bazaars and other crowd-pulling activities during campaigns despite the ongoing outbreak.last_img read more

Public resistance hinders COVID-19 tracing efforts: Task force

first_imgWiku further called on all segments of society to eliminate negative stigmas against COVID-19 patients so that the government could work effectively while urging the public to be truthful regarding their travel history and interactions.“Being honest and supportive to officers when identifying close contacts is important for the success of the 3T [testing, tracing, treatment] program,” he said.Indonesia’s testing capacity has much improved, Wiku said.Five provinces have exceeded World Health Organization (WHO) standards for testing capacity, but the national testing rate has not, he said. The five provinces are Jakarta, West Sumatra, Bali, South Sulawesi and Papua. Read also: Critics lambast govt over bullish tone in COVID-19 messagesWiku said treatment for COVID-19 patients had continued to improve, as indicated by an increasing rate of recoveries.As of Wednesday, Indonesia has confirmed 287,008 COVID-19 cases, including 214,947 recoveries and 10,740 fatalities.However, the task force has recorded an increase in positive COVID-19 cases by 16.4 percent over the past week.Wiku said West Java recorded the most cases.“Last week, West Java’s [COVID-19] tally increased by 594 cases, but this week the figure is quite large: 1,726 cases,” he said.The other four provinces with the highest increase in new cases were Jakarta with 1,002 cases, West Sumatra with 603, East Kalimantan with 584 and Central Java with 338.“Last week, these four provinces were not included in the top five, but this week they are. This means that these four regions experienced a significant increase in cases,” Wiku said.Topics : Health authorities working in the field still face difficulties carrying out close contact tracing as they face rejection from the public, the National COVID-19 task force has said.“The biggest obstacle right now is tracing, because there is a lot of resistance in the community due to the stigma against COVID-19 patients [who they believe] should be avoided,” task force spokesman Wiku Adisasmito said in a press conference on Tuesday.He said unreliable information circulating among communities eliminated “the feeling of trust” in COVID-19 patients as the subjects of contact tracing.last_img read more

Is Wolves vs Arsenal on TV? Channel, live stream, time, odds, team news and head-to-head

first_img Head-to-head in last five meetings 11 Nov 2018 – Arsenal 1-1 Wolves – Premier League11 Apr 2012 – Wolves 0-3 Arsenal – Premier League27 Dec 2011 – Arsenal 1-1 Wolves – Premier League12 Feb 2011 – Arsenal 2-0 Wolves – Premier League10 Nov 2010 – Wolves 0-2 Arsenal – Premier League MORE: Jurgen Klopp happy to sell £34.7m Liverpool outcast Marko Grujic to Atletico Madrid this summerMORE: Manchester United identify PSG right-back Thomas Meunier as potential summer signing Is Wolves vs Arsenal on TV? Channel, live stream, time, odds, team news and head-to-head Advertisement Shkodran Mustafi has had a difficult time (Picture: Sportimage)When is Wolves vs Arsenal?The match is on Wednesday 24 April with kick-off at 7.45pm at Molineux.AdvertisementAdvertisementIs Wolves vs Arsenal on TV and is there a live stream?Unfortunately not, Sky Sports are showing the Manchester derby at 8pm, while there are not matches being shown on BT Sport.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityTeam newsWolves have no injury problems to deal with at this point of the season.Arsenal are without Aaron Ramsey and Denis Suarez, while Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck all remain out.Granit Xhaka is not fully fit but could be available, while Sokratis Papastathopoulos returns from suspension.What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)19/10 Wolves5/2 Draw31/20 Arsenal Wolves have not beaten Arsenal since 1979 (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal are looking to bounce back into the top four of the Premier League when they travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday night.The Gunners are currently fifth in the table after their shock defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday but can leapfrog Chelsea into fourth with victory at Molineux.However, Wolves have European ambitions of their own as victory will take them to seventh in the table, which will likely be a Europa League spot for next season.Wolves have not beaten Arsenal since 1979, going 20 games without a victory against the Gunners.ADVERTISEMENT Phil HaighWednesday 24 Apr 2019 8:14 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Sheff Utd’s Wilder ‘better than Mourinho or Allegri for Man Utd or Arsenal’

first_imgAdvertisement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Unai Emery are both under immense pressure (Picture: Getty Images)‘He knows football, he’s a proper football person. Like Sir Alex Ferguson, Jurgen Klopp at Mainz, Pep Guardiola at Barcelona B – he’s shown what he can do.‘I believe there are managers in lower league football who are very gifted and deserve an opportunity. Chris has gone through the whole lot.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityNeither Arsenal nor Manchester United are hiring a manager at the moment, but Unai Emery and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are both under huge pressure after struggling for results of late.The Gunners were held to a 1-1 draw at the Emirates by Wolves at the weekend, while the Red Devils lost 1-0 at Bournemouth.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesArsenal are fifth in the Premier League result after that point in north London, while United are languishing down in 10th after their fourth defeat in 11 league games.Things are not about to get any easier for Emery as he faces a trip to the in-form Leicester on Saturday evening, while Solskjaer cannot afford to drop any points when United host Brighton on Sunday.Before then, both sides are in Europa League action, with Arsenal going to Vitoria Guimaraes on Wednesday afternoon and Man Utd hosting Partizan Belgrade on Thursday.MORE: Unai Emery slammed for starting Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil against WolvesMORE: Arsenal board give Unai Emery four matches to save his job Chris Wilder better option than Jose Mourinho or Max Allegri for Man Utd or Arsenal, says Tony Cascarino Phil HaighMonday 4 Nov 2019 1:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link489Shares Comment Advertisement Chris Wilder is doing a fantastic job at Sheffield United (Picture: Getty Images)Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is the man to call if Manchester United or Arsenal are looking for a new manager, believes Tony Cascarino.Wilder has done a fabulous job with the Blades, gaining two promotions in three years to take the club from League One to the Premier League.Despite the rapid rise, the South Yorkshire side have not looked out of their depth in the top flight, currently sitting sixth in the table after hammering Burnley 3-0 on Saturday.His results have certainly caught the eye and former Chelsea striker Cascarino believes he is ready for a much bigger job, in fact, some of the biggest jobs in club football.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Man Utd job, Arsenal job – Chris Wilder? Absolutely,’ Cascarino told talkSPORT.‘There would be a snobbery around football that would go for Allegri or Mourinho. But I’m like, “No, I’d rather go with Chris Wilder.”last_img read more

When is the FA Cup fifth round draw? Time, TV channel, numbers, dates and replay fixtures

first_imgManchester United are into the fifth round of the FA Cup (Picture: Getty Images)The draw for the fifth round of the FA Cup takes place on Monday night, although we are a long way from knowing the final 16 teams in the competition.Bournemouth host Arsenal in the fourth round of the tournament on Monday after the draw, before there are six replays to play next week.Just nine teams are already confirmed to be in the fifth round of the competition ahead of the draw, including Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Leicester City.When is the FA Cup fifth round draw?The draw takes place on Monday 27 January at around 7.15pm.ADVERTISEMENTWhat TV channel is the FA Cup draw being shown on?The draw will be shown on the One Show on BBC One.AdvertisementAdvertisementFA Cup fifth round draw ball numbersManchester UnitedChelseaSouthampton or Tottenham HotspurSheffield WednesdayAFC Bournemouth or ArsenalNorthampton Town or Derby CountyLeicester CitySheffield UnitedReading or Cardiff CityWest Bromwich AlbionNorwich CityCoventry City or Birmingham CityManchester CityNewcastle United or Oxford UnitedPortsmouthShrewsbury Town or LiverpoolWhen are the FA Cup fifth round fixtures?The fifth round fixtures will be played in the week beginning Monday 2 March.There will be no replays, with ties going into extra time and then penalties if needed.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFourth round replaysTuesday 4 FebruaryBirmingham City vs Coventry CityCardiff City vs ReadingDerby County vs Northampton TownLiverpool vs Shrewsbury TownOxford United vs Newcastle UnitedWednesday 5 FebruaryTottenham Hotspur vs SouthamptonMORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer aimed dig at Tranmere goalkeeper after Manchester United’s 6-0 win in the FA CupMORE: Joe Cole and Glenn Hoddle identify Chelsea’s biggest problem after narrow FA Cup victory over Hull City Metro Sport ReporterMonday 27 Jan 2020 10:19 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Advertisementcenter_img When is the FA Cup fifth round draw? Time, TV channel, numbers, dates and replay fixtures Advertisementlast_img read more

Michael Owen makes prediction for Manchester United and Arsenal Europa League ties

first_imgMichael Owen makes prediction for Manchester United and Arsenal Europa League ties Metro Sport ReporterThursday 27 Feb 2020 10:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link323Shares Comment Arteta is hoping to advance to the last-16 (Picture: Getty)Manchester United fought back from 1-0 down to draw with Club Brugge and have since gone on to thump Watford 3-0 at home.And Owen expects another win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on Thursday.‘Manchester United continued their excellent run of form with a comprehensive 3-0 defeat of Watford on Sunday although that scoreline did not flatter the Hornets who might have got something from the game on another day,’ added Owen.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Anthony Martial has scored in his last three appearances for United and his equaliser in Bruges could be the vital goal in the tie. This might not be the walk in the park that many would have us believe, but I expect Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to make it safely through to the last 16.’Wolves hold a 4-0 lead over Espanyol as they head out to Barcelona for their second leg, with Celtic welcome FC Copenhagen to Celtic Park having drawn 1-1 away.Steven Gerrard’s Rangers already advanced, beating Braga 4-2 on aggregate, and Owen thinks Wolves and Celtic will make it a clean sweep.Will Manchester United and Arsenal both reach the last-16?Yes0%No – only Arsenal will go through0%No – only Man Utd will go through0%No – both will go out0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Owen has made his predictions for the Europa League (Picture: Getty)Michael Owen is expecting both Arsenal and Manchester United to book their spots in the last-16 of the Europa League and fancies Celtic and Wolves to join them and already-qualified Rangers in the next round.Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal secured a 1-0 away win against Olympiakos a week ago and welcome the Greek side back to the Emirates on Thursday.They are they heavy favourites to progress and Owen is not expecting any issues for Mikel Arteta’s men.‘Arsenal rode their luck on occasions against Everton at the Etihad on Sunday, but this new-look Gunners outfit are beginning to make winning a habit and I feel they will build on the 1-0 lead they take into the tie against Olympiakos from last week’s game in Piraeus,’ Owen told Betvictor.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The Greeks did win their last game at the Emirates back in 2015 but they lost 4-2 at Spurs in the Champions League earlier in the season, and I expect their return visit to north London to end in another defeat.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Mikel Arteta unhappy with ‘unacceptable’ Arsenal defending after Olympiacos defeat

first_imgMikel Arteta unhappy with ‘unacceptable’ Arsenal defending after Olympiacos defeat Advertisement Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s defending was ‘unacceptable’ in their loss to Olympiacos (Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has hit out at ‘unacceptable’ defending from Arsenal following their defeat to Olympiacos in the Europa League on Thursday evening.The second leg was forced to extra time but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s overhead kick in the 113th minute appeared to book the Gunners’ place in the last-16 of the Europa League.But Bernd Leno’s failure to clear the ball from a corner saw Olympiacos swing the ball back into Arsenal’s box and Youssef El-Arabi struck from close range to secure a last-gasp victory for the Greek side.‘Obviously he [Leno] could have kicked it out, but after that there is another situation to defend,’ said Arteta.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 28 Feb 2020 1:08 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link924Shares Bernd Leno and David Luiz made mistakes which led to Arsenal’s exit in the Europa League (Getty Images)‘And it’s not only the first phase, it’s the second phase of that corner we concede and the player steps in and just taps the ball in the six-yard box which is unacceptable and something we have to improve on.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We’ve done the most difficult thing to react after that and play against a team with 10 men behind the ball in 25 metres.‘Even at the end we had an incredible opportunity to win it.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘If we would have gone through, energy wise it would have given us a big lift again and bring everybody together.‘It’s a big disappointment and I’m right behind the boys, the way they played, the way they tried, the effort that they put in the game was enormous and we have to move forward together.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more