Testing backlog forces Jakarta to apply COVID-19 protocol to more than 1,000 burials

first_imgThe bodies of more than 1,000 people have been buried according to the coronavirus health protocol in Jakarta as laboratories battle a backlog in COVID-19 testing for suspected cases.As of Friday, 246 patient deaths had been confirmed as COVID-19 cases in the country’s capital, the epicenter of the outbreak in Indonesia. The figure represents almost half of all deaths reported nationwide.But the Jakarta administration has instructed that the bodies of patients under surveillance (PDP) and persons under monitoring (ODP) be buried according to the established health protocol for burying patients who had died of COVID-19. He said that the hospital had explained the details of the burial procedures for his mother’s body.Dharma’s mother was buried on April 9 at Pondok Rangon Public Cemetery in East Jakarta, but he still hoped that the government would release her test results.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said that the interment protocol for PDPs who had died before their tests results had been issued was a precautionary measure to prevent the virus’ transmission. The protocol was being applied in the absence of the test results.”I just came from Pondok Rangon cemetery,” he said on Wednesday. “The number of burials adhering to the protocols for probable COVID-19 deaths has reached 1,000 already.”The administration’s website recorded that 1,114 burials have been conducted under the health protocol as of Saturday.  According to the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology, which has compiled the Health Ministry’s daily log of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests performed at designed COVID-19 labs, Indonesia has been testing just 1,000 to 2,000 samples per day over the past two weeks. This is far below President Joko Widodo’s target of 10,000 tests per day.The number of tests increased to above 7,000 on April 12, but three days later on April 15, the daily average had declined to a little over 3,000 tests.Jakarta recorded on Friday a cumulative total of 2,865 PDPs, of which more than 1,400 patients (48.9 percent) had recovered.“Our low testing capacity has resulted in unconfirmed [coronavirus] deaths among PDPs, and the central government has yet to recognize the [actual] number of deaths [in Jakarta],” said Iqbal Ridzi Fahdri Elyazar, a researcher at Eijkman’s disease surveillance and biostatistics division.Many problems are behind the delay in test results, including a shortage of the reagents needed for the PCR test. The government said on Wednesday that its current stock of reagents would last only a week.Another issues is that even after hospitals and local health agencies had received individual test results, they are not allowed to inform the patients’ families or the public before the government announces the latest COVID-19 figures.Read also: In major policy shift, Jokowi orders transparency in pandemic fightNational Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Agus Wibowo, who is also on the national COVID-19 rapid response task force, acknowledged that the government had been unable to identify probable coronavirus deaths because of the delay in testing.”It still takes about five days for the results […]. Indeed, many people are dying before [their] test results arrive. We need more testing kits,” said Agus.Meanwhile, national COVID-19 spokesman Achmad Yurianto said he did not want to conclude prematurely that the bodies buried according to coronavirus protocol in Jakarta were related to COVID-19.”Some time ago, a member of my staff died due to Stage IV cancer. [But] Everyone said it was COVID-19. I’m speaking based on the [available] data on confirmed deaths from the coronavirus,” he said. “Not all of the 1,000 [buried in Jakarta] were COVID-19 deaths.”Topics : The protocol requires both the body of the deceased and their coffin to be wrapped in plastic. Both funeral and cemetery workers must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) including gloves, masks and coveralls when handling the body.    Dharma (not his real name) lost his mother, who was admitted as a PDP for treatment at Persahabatan Central General Hospital in East Jakarta.  The 21-year-old resident of Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta, told The Jakarta Post on Thursday that the cause of his mother’s death was recorded simply as “respiratory failure”, because the hospital was still waiting for the results of her COVID-19 test from the Health Ministry’s Health Research and Development Agency (Balitbangkes).”The hospital said that the results will arrive in two to 10 days,” said Dharma. “[But] It has already been 10 days counting the weekends, or eight working days.”last_img read more

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U-17 WC 2019: Hosts Brazil, Nigeria win big; Angola earn first victory

first_imgHosts Brazil breeze past Canada, Nigeria come back from behind to secure a crucial 4-2 win over Hungary and Angola secure first-ever World Cup win.Brazil vs Canada:FIFA U-17 World Cup™ hosts Brazil did not disappoint the home crowd in their Group A opener, soaring to a 4-1 win against Canada at the Estadio Bezerrão in Brasilia on Saturday night.Playmaker Peglow’s two goals led the charge, with midfielder Veron chipping in a goal and an assist.BrazilA Seleção enjoyed the majority of possession throughout the match and took command on the scoreboard in the 17th minute through Peglow.Kobe Franklin’s own goal gave Brazil a 2-0 lead second from half time.Brazil midfielders Veron and Daniel Cabral were also standout performers, with the former finding the back of the net in the 56th minute, ten minutes after Peglow completed his brace.CanadaCanada’s defense proved a sturdy test early on for the Brazilians, with goalkeeper Marc Kouadio making several deft saves.Canada’s No1 was their top player, keeping the hosts at bay for much of the first half.Substitute No9 Jacen Russell-Rowe’s 86th-minute strike offered a late positive moment for the Canadians.What next:Brazil will play New Zealand next on October 29, 2019, in Brasilia as Angola lock horns with Canada on the same day.Angola vs New Zealand:Angola’s debut match at the FIFA U-17 World Cup turned into their first-ever tournament win, seeing off New Zealand 2-1 at the Estadio Bezerrao Saturday night.A sixth-minute goal from Zini invigorated the African side, and they were able to overcome the All Whites’ 54th-minute equalizer by forcing an own goal six minutes later.AngolaIt was a remarkable evening for the Palanquinhas in Brasilia. Their explosive play in wide areas and determination separated them from their competition.Midfielder Zini scored the single goal credited to Angola, while the left-footed Zito, who plays on the right-wing, became a nightmare for New Zealand defenders as the match wore on.New ZealandThe Oceania champions found themselves up against a physically and technically skilled Angola bunch, and only in select moments were they able to take control of the match.Their best came from forward Matthew Garbett, who produced a savvy nutmeg en lieu to netting the All Whites’ lone goal.Nigeria vs Hungary:Nigeria notched a 4-2 comeback win over Hungary Saturday night at Goiania’s Estadio Olimpico in the Group B opener of the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2019™.A trio of Golden Eaglet goals in the 79th, 81st and 85th minutes were decisive for the five-time U-17 world champions.NigeriaDespite conceding the opening goal three minutes into the match, Nigeria was quick to regain control of the tempo on the pitch.Captain Samson Tijani was fundamental in connecting his side’s attacking moves. He scored Nigeria’s first and final goals: a converted penalty in the 20th minute and a free-kick that took a friendly deflection in the 85th minute.Sandwiched between those were close-range headed goals from Usman Ibrahim (79′) and Oluwatimilehin Adeniyi (81′).HungaryThe Hungarians got off to a dream start, catching their opponents off guard when midfielder Gyorgy Komaromi tapped in David Laszlo’s looping cross unmarked at the far post.They struck again only eight minutes after Tijani’s penalty goal – this time Samuel Major made a late, charging run into the center of the box and scorched the back of the net from 15 yards. But after absorbing Nigeria’s pressure well for most of the evening, Hungary relented in the final 15 minutes.Next Game:Nigeria will play Ecuador next on October 27, 2019, in Goiania as Hungary will play Australia on the same day at the same venue.last_img read more

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