Greater Surabaya PSBB rendered useless as East Java allows mass prayers: Epidemiologists

first_imgKhofifah said on Sunday that the letter was addressed only to Al Akbar mosque despite language that seemed to address all of the mosques in the province. Khofifah, chairwoman of Nahdlatul Ulama’s (NU) women’s wing Muslimat, defended the policy, citing examples of Islamic law that supported the policy. Read also: COVID-19: Govt plans to loosen PSBB regulations, starting with transportationShe said the letter was preceded by suggestions from the East Java branches of NU and the Muslim Ulema Council (MUI) that requested the reopening of mosques in East Java for mass prayers. MUI East Java secretary Ainul Yaqin told the Post that the council had requested that the government provide Muslims with a detailed map of confirmed COVID-19 cases in which the designation of green or red zones was made at a more local level – not by regency or municipality. “Many villages in red zone regencies, for example, are still free of confirmed cases. Muslims in those villages should feel free to join mass prayers at nearby mosques,” he said. Ainul said the request was driven by the fact that the government had given permits to factories to stay in operation even in areas under PSBB. “Factory workers go to work every day, but mosques are closed. Where can they do their daily prayers while they are not at home?” he said. Windu, however, warned that the MUI’s argument for using a smaller scale to determine whether a village was free from confirmed COVID-19 cases was dangerous, citing the government’s low testing ratio, which had likely not captured the full extent of the outbreak. “We can rely on the government data on confirmed cases only if the government can conduct mass tests at a reasonable ratio [of the population]. Now, the testing ratio is only about 400 tests per 1 million people. So how can we determine which areas are really free of cases?” he said. Windu said the provincial administration’s loose policy had been caused by the central government’s inconsistency, such as giving permits to factories to stay in operation in regions under PSBB. East Java is the second-hardest-hit province in the country, with 2,150 confirmed cases and 211 confirmed fatalities as of Sunday. All of its 38 cities and regencies have been declared red zones, with at least one confirmed case each. Greater Surabaya, the hardest-hit region in the province with 1,059 cases and 122 fatalities, has extended PSBB until May 25.Meanwhile, Greater Malang, consisting of the city of Malang, Malang regency and Batu city, imposed PSBB on Sunday.Read also: COVID-19 kills elderly, haunts the young in IndonesiaWindu said his team had suggested on May 1 that PSBB be imposed in the entire province because the virus had continued to spread. “We suggested PSBB for the entire province before all the cities and regencies in East Java were declared red zones. The number of PDP [patients under surveillance] in East Java is very high, almost 5,000, stretching throughout the province,” he said, adding that PDPs had more than a 60 percent chance of having been infected. He said that the official case fatality rate (CFR) in East Java was one of the highest in the country at 9.81 percent, far above the national CFR of around 6 percent. As of Sunday, East Java had 4,943 PDPs with a province-wide fatality rate of 9.59 percent, or 474 deaths. The number of people under monitoring (ODP) was 22,734. However, Windu said the team had stopped advocating for PSBB after reading the provincial administration’s letter to the mosques. He said the team from UNAIR would continue to give advice to the government despite the unproductive policy, which was not in line with social restrictions. “The government should conduct mass testing and make sure that those who are positive for the virus are properly quarantined,” he said. “All PDPs and most ODPs must be tested.”In East Java, which has a population of about 40 million, at least 80,000 people should be tested, he said “That equals 2,000 tests per 1 million people, a minimum ratio. The US testing ratio is 200,000 per 1 million people, and South Korea’s is 15,000 to 20,000 tests per 1 million people,” he said. Topics : Epidemiologists from Airlangga University (UNAIR) in Surabaya have strongly criticized the East Java provincial administration’s policy to allow mosques in Greater Surabaya to perform congregational prayers, including upcoming Idul Fitri mass prayers, saying the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the area would be rendered useless by the breach. “With the letter, the extended PSBB in Greater Surabaya and a new PSBB in Greater Malang have become useless as efforts to flatten the curve,” epidemiologist Windu Purnomo, who leads a team of epidemiologists from UNAIR’s public health faculty, told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.Greater Surabaya consists of the city of Surabaya as well as its two satellite regencies, Gresik and Sidoarjo.  “It’s better to cancel the two PSBBs because it will give additional burdens to the people but will be of no use in flattening the curve.”Windu said the provincial administration’s policy revealed its lack of seriousness in the mitigation of the COVID-19 pandemic using a scientific approach. The East Java provincial administration sent a letter to Al Akbar Mosque on Thursday signed by administration secretary Heru Tjahjono on behalf of Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa allowing the largest mosque in Surabaya to hold mass prayers during Ramadan, including the upcoming Idul Fitri prayer, in accordance with physical distancing rules. The letter stated that the same health protocols should be implemented during mass prayers in other mosques and in open spaces. last_img read more

Dann the man for Palace

first_img The 26-year-old has been at Ewood Park since 2011 and made 106 appearances, scoring seven goals. Dann has now completed his move to Palace, signing a three-and-a-half year deal with the south Londoners. Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Blackburn defender Scott Dann for an undisclosed fee. Press Associationcenter_img The Eagles announced the centre-back’s arrival on Twitter, while Blackburn released a statement shedding light on the terms of the deal. “Rovers defender Scott Dann has this evening completed a deadline-day move to Crystal Palace,” read the statement on www.rovers.co.uk. “The 26-year-old joins the Barclays Premier League club for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-and-a-half-year deal.” Dann becomes Palace’s third signing of deadline day, following moves for Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and Jason Puncheon, whose loan from Southampton was made permanent. Blackpool’s Tom Ince and Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley are still on Palace’s radar, while Nurnberg have signed Jose Campana on loan with a view to a permanent move. The Eagles have yet to officially confirm that deal, but did announce the mutual termination of Wales defender Darcy Blake’s contract. last_img read more

Berggren earns title as UW’s all-time blocks leader

first_imgSenior forward Jared Berggren only contributed four points towards the Badgers win Tuesday, but added four blocks on defense.[/media-credit]When Jared Berggren stepped onto the Kohl Center floor Tuesday night, he knew he needed to swat away two balls to tie the all-time Wisconsin record for blocks in a career.And he wasted no time attacking that record in a 77-46 stomping of Nebraska (13-15, 4-11 Big Ten), grabbing two of them in the opening 1:16 and quickly tying Rashard Griffith, who collected 124 blocks in just two seasons for the Badgers. The record-breaking block – one Berggren said he was not sure would be scored as a block – came before halftime, and he flashed a wide smile as the Jumbotron showed him taking a seat on the bench, the career line of a record 125 career blocks flashing just below his name.“To think about all the good players that have come through here and for me to come out on top of that record, it’s a pretty cool moment,” Berggren said. “I’m not a guy that’s real big on individual accomplishments and individual stats, but [it’s] kind of a cool deal.”On a night when Wisconsin (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) had no problem finding the bottom of the net, Berggren’s final numbers were far from eye-popping. The four blocks he finished with matched his four points on the night, as he took only four shots and quietly pulled down six rebounds.But, as has often been his most treasured skill in his four years playing for the Badgers, he proved a defensive enforcer inside against the Cornhuskers.“He doesn’t intimidate because he’s got a bad haircut, he doesn’t intimidate because he looks mean, he doesn’t intimidate because he’s got 900 tattoos,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “He intimidates by his presence and his timing. And it’s not just the blocks.”Ryan added Berggren’s most underrated skill as a shot-blocker is his ability to avoid foul trouble in the process of dismissing balls orbiting around the rim. He has not fouled out in a game this season and has only finished twice with four personal fouls.To explain just how difficult and critical it is to block shots without fouling, Ryan reflected on a game from his days coaching at University of Wisconsin-Platteville when the opponent attempted to block every single shot and his Pioneers shot just 29 percent from the field. Their lone saving grace was they hit 30-plus free throws, escaping with an ugly victory thanks to an opponent decimated by foul trouble.“Blocking shots sometimes can get you in foul trouble if the offensive player reads you the right way,” Ryan said. “Jared’s forte is that he gets those blocks without fouling.”Dekker not running out of powerWatching Sam Dekker bury a struggling Nebraska team Tuesday night felt like peering into the future of the talented freshman.Dekker, who led the Badgers with 19 points on a hyper-efficient 5-of-6 performance from the floor, hit three-pointers with a consistency that should startle future Big Ten opponents. With Ryan’s swing offense in prime form, UW spread the ball around with marked precision, often giving up decent looks at the hoop in favor of teammates who had an even more open look at the basket.“It’s good to have guys who are hitting shots, because you just make the extra pass and you know that there’s a high possibility that it’s going down,” junior guard Ben Brust, who finished with 13 points, said. “Every time Sam had the ball I ran back because I knew it was going in.”Despite not seeing action for the first several minutes of play, the star freshman quickly announced his arrival on the hardwood with a pair of three-pointers in under five minutes midway through the first half. Scoring his lone basket of the night from inside the three-point arc in between those long-range jumpers, Dekker was the proud owner of 13 points by halftime.In one of the most complete performances of his young career, he also dished out four of Wisconsin’s 19 assists against the Huskers. It was those extra passes that showed Dekker can be more than a pure scorer capable of creating his own shot – proving he can also operate as an offensive generator. The freshman, whose 19 points tied a career high notched against Arkansas in November, is now shooting at a team-best 44.8 percent clip from three-point territory.“Just knowing my spots, when to attack, when to be aggressive and when to take shots,” Dekker said. “It helps a lot when these guys have a lot of faith in you when you go out there. They don’t mind when I put a bad shot up once in awhile, because they know I have the skill and the talents to make that.“So just the confidence that my teammates put in me and I have in myself, that’s pretty much the reason I’ve been playing better.”Now comes the challenge of maintaining that moxy as the Badgers creep back into the Big Ten title race and begin a definitive three-game stretch to close out the regular season.last_img read more