Khofifah 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.
After dropping two in a row for the first time all season, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team rebounded with a statement win over No. 23 Maryland at home Sunday with Big Ten title implications on the line.The No. 11 Badgers (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten) battled back and forth with Maryland between minor lead changes throughout the majority of the first half. The offensive production by both teams quickly turned into a competition between Wisconsin forwards Ethan Happ and Nigel Hayes, and Maryland’s star guard Melo Trimble.UW’s two star big men combined for 16 points and 5 rebounds for the Badgers, while Trimble went 5-of-8 from the floor with 15 points for the Terrapins. Trimble began to take charge in the final moments of the first half, sinking back-to-back 3-pointers for Maryland on their final two possessions and giving the Terps a 6-point cushion heading into the locker room.To the surprise of many, senior guard Bronson Koenig entered the game to replace freshman guard D’Mitrik Trice barely five minutes into the first half. Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard announced Saturday Trice would be starting in place of the injured (calf) senior guard Bronson Koenig.“Not knowing how good Bronson was going to be [Sunday], I decided yesterday that Trice was going to start regardless,” Gard said.Koenig had started 85 consecutive games for the Badgers – a streak that began in the 2014-15 season – prior to missing Wisconsin’s loss to Michigan last Thursday night.Men’s basketball: Badgers will be without Koenig on the road against MichiganAfter sitting out both practices this week, University of Wisconsin men’s basketball senior point guard Bronson Koenig will not play Read…Koenig was a nonfactor in the first half to say the least. The Badgers second-leading scorer logged a full 14 minutes but was held to zero FG from the floor despite three attempts. Luckily for Koenig and the Badgers, there’s always a second half in basketball.Second halfWhile Koenig returned to the court in the first half as a player, the second half witnessed the return of Bronson Koenig as a scorer.In a span of 37 seconds, Koenig nailed his first 3-point attempt of the half to tie the Terps at 36 before taking the ball back down the court and draining a long two to give UW its first lead of the half — a lead Wisconsin wouldn’t surrender for the remainder of the game.“Everybody had a hand in the outcome,” Gard said. “We played more mature in the second half. We grew up during the 15 minutes we sat in the locker room.”Koenig’s offensive boost came during a 9-0 Wisconsin run, over which the Badgers knocked down five consecutive baskets as part of a 7-of-11 shooting stretch. Yet, thanks to Trimble’s 27 points and debilitating 3-point accuracy, the Terps weren’t ready to go quietly.Halfway through the second half, Maryland had sliced Wisconsin’s lead down to a mere 3 points as fouls became a problem for both teams. Sunday’s game against Maryland witnessed more foul calls (48) than the Badgers have seen all season.The foul charges weren’t limited to the players either. With a 4-point game at just less than 9:30 to go, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon was issued a technical foul after throwing a fit of rage while voicing his displeasure with the officiating.With less than eight minutes remaining, two key big men from each team – including three starters – were forced to ride the pine as spectators with four fouls each. Maryland starting forward Damonte Dodd’s foul trouble held the 6-foot-11 senior to only 14 minutes on the floor with zero points to show for it.Softball: 4-0 Badgers look to remain undefeated against USFThe University of Wisconsin Badgers softball team started their season in the best way possible. It began in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Read…For Wisconsin, Sunday’s game was won from the paint. While both teams were plagued with excessive fouls, Wisconsin’s star forwards Happ and Hayes dominated the Terrapins around the rim.“3-13 in the paint in the first half, 11-17 in the second,” Gard said. “I’m not a mathematician but I know that’s a lot better.”Nigel Hayes finished with a double-double (21 points, 10 boards) and with the addition of Happ’s performance the pair combined for 41 points and 17 boards, along with 25 trips to the free throw line.“They [Happ and Hayes] were terrific, we couldn’t guard them,” Turgeon said. “We couldn’t double them.”While Hayes and Happ headlined the win, redshirt freshman guard Brevin Pritzl’s performance was perhaps the story of second half for the Badgers. The redshirt freshman guard totaled 23 critical minutes off the bench, and his seven rebounds plus seven assists brought an added electricity to the Badgers game toward the end of both halves.As Trimble’s buckets kept falling, Maryland brought it within four points with less than seven and a half minutes left until a second effort by Pritzl on an offensive rebound kicked off a Badgers 8-0 run to seal the game.This late game push was enough to prompt Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon to pull Trimble from the game for the final four and half minutes of his team’s loss. In the absence of their star player, the Terps finished the game riding a near seven-minute drought without a basket before a layup finally fell with 25 seconds remaining.Wisconsin ended the second half with only one turnover, which was committed with less than two minutes remaining, compared to seven in the first half.