The Jakarta administration is reporting a worsening trend in the number of funerals using the protocols for people who died from the fast-spreading COVID-19.Between March 6 and Wednesday, 401 corpses were buried using the protocols: They were sprayed with disinfectant, covered in plastic and put inside coffins, according to Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.Anies said the number of COVID-19-related funerals began to pick up on March 12, nearly a week after the first such funeral.On Thursday before 12 p.m. alone, the administration reported 38 bodies were buried using the protocols.Read also: Jakarta extends COVID-19 state of emergency to April 19“We were looking into data not only from the Health Ministry but also from cemeteries because some people with COVID-19 had not finished their test processes […] before they died,” Anies said during an online video conference with Vice President Ma’ruf Amin on Thursday. “Hence, we could not declare them COVID-19 patients.”Jakarta, the national epicenter of the outbreak, has started to conduct rapid tests across the province as the recent wave COVID-19 cases showed no signs of slowing down. It had performed rapid tests on 18,077 people by Tuesday, according to the Jakarta Health Agency’s head of disease control and prevention division, Dwi Oktavia Handayani.The test, which analyzes blood to detect whether a person has contracted the virus, found that 299 people were positive for COVID-19 while the remaining 17,778 people returned negative results.As of Thursday, the COVID-19 coronavirus, first discovered in December in Wuhan city in Hubei province in China, had infected 885 people in Jakarta — nearly half of the country’s confirmed cases.Read also: COVID-19: Jakarta awaits certainty from govt on quarantineOf the confirmed cases in the capital, 90 people had died of the disease while only 53 had recovered.“The situation is very concerning,” said the governor. “This was the reason we wrote a letter to the President proposing an extreme restriction measure.”Speaking with the Vice President, Anies requested support from the government in the form of testing kits that use throat swabs to detect whether a person has contracted the coronavirus.“Jakarta badly needs support to speed up the testing so we can detect people with the disease earlier,” said Anies. “Many cases were treated late. It has severe consequences if we are late in detection. They may already transmit the virus to others.”Ma’ruf said he would recommend the government support Jakarta in improving its testing.Topics :
Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/e7/56/uswnt-celebrate-2019_oipy43l6bo711i112kqgs6t3f.jpg?t=1211391787&w=500&quality=80 Not all celebrations are excessive. Some are just celebrations, even if it’s for a goal total that may seem excessive.This point appears to be getting lost in the oftentimes breathless debate surrounding the U.S. women’s national team’s historical beatdown of Thailand on Tuesday evening in Reims. Before moving forward, as the USWNT surely has already, it’s worth considering exactly what the team was celebrating on Tuesday night.First, as mentioned, goal differential is a factor in the group stage, meaning every goal the U.S. scored on Tuesday got them one step closer to their mission of topping Group F. Even though three points were assured early in the game, each goal did accomplish something in its own right. Sweden, the USWNT’s primary competition for top spot in the group, could very well tally up a similar scoreline against Thailand. More importantly though, this is a World Cup . Every player dreams of reaching this stage, and scoring at the highest level with the eyes of the world watching is the culmination of decades of hard work, dedication and sacrifice.That is worthy of some celebration, whether it’s the first or 13th goal of the game.About those reactions, though. From some of the commentary out there, one may think that it was all backflips, coordinated dance routines and conga lines. In reality, most of the USWNT’s celebrations were pretty routine.Watch the replays again. On nearly every goal the player who scored does a routine arm-raise or fist-pump – and sometimes not even that much – before sinking into the typical group hug that envelops most goal-scorers.Alex Morgan was criticized for her celebration where she counted off all her goals on her fingers. But it was hardly an ostentatious display and, let’s not forget, she scored five goals in a World Cup game. Robert Cianflone https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/1f/59/alex-morgan-megan-rapinoe-uswnt-womens-world-cup-2019_rt20v48gz9fn1uc1tidb51283.jpg?t=1227902771&w=500&quality=80 Admittedly, Rapinoe’s wild histrionics after scoring the team’s ninth of the night did cross a line. If there was one unnecessary display on the evening it was the veteran who, playing in her third World Cup, probably could have dialed it back several notches.If the outside commentary is getting to the USWNT players, you wouldn’t know it from what Sam Mewis – scorer of two goals on Tuesday – said on Thursday. Yes, the scoreline was stark in the World Cup opener for both teams: 13-0, a record margin of victory for any World Cup, men’s or women’s.The total is ugly, but the debate surrounding that scoreline has become even uglier.MORE: USWNT great Abby Wambach defends celebrations vs. ThailandsThankfully, that discourse at least seems to have moved past a discussion over whether the U.S. should have kept scoring at all. The strategic importance of accruing as many goals as possible, with goal differential the first tiebreaker in the group stage, has been well established.Besides, as U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe said after the game, the alternative to continuing to attack isn’t much better.“You don’t want to really take your foot off [the pedal] like that,” Rapinoe said, “you don’t want to pass the ball around in your own half for 30 minutes.”But the way the U.S. reacted as the goals piled up has come under heavy scrutiny.Perhaps no criticism was more widely shared than that of one current and two former Canadian national team players, who used words like “disgraceful” and “classless” to describe the USWNT’s on-field displays.In further evidence as to how toxic this debate has become, one of those pundits, Kaylyn Kyle, said she has received death threats over her comments. “I don’t really think we as a team are super involved in watching and reading a lot of media about ourselves, to be honest,” Mewis said.“We had heard there were some things going on and I think we’re really trying to focus on the next game and on Chile. We respect Thailand a lot and I think that we’re just looking at the next game now.”The USWNT appears to have already moved past Tuesday’s game. It’s probably time for the rest of the world to do the same.
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EDMONTON, ALBERTA – RCMP are seeking the public’s help in the investigation into the devastating fires that ripped through Fort McMurray.In a release sent out today, police are asking for help regarding fire MWF-009, which started 15 km Southwest of the city. The fire led to numerous evacuations and damage.Police have ruled out lightening as a cause for the fire, and wildfire investigators believe it was likely human made. MWF-009 was first sighted by an airborne forestry crew 15-kilometers southwest of Fort McMurray on May 1st.- Advertisement -The RCMP is trying to figure out if the fire was criminally ignited. As of right now, police have made no determination of the cause of the fire but they would like to speak to anyone who was in the wilderness area known as the Horse River Trail System between April 29, 2016 and May 5, 2016.Police believe that these people may have information that could potentially help with the investigation. They are asked to call the RCMP’s dedicated toll-free wildfire investigation phone line at 1-844-620-9826 or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous.