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 :
“The whole squad is always so keen to learn and never satisfied. From the manager right through the coaching staff to the players, everybody wants to improve. “We will have to treat this season with respect – it is going to be very different with the Europa League and there are a lot more games. “But I’m sure the manager will have his plans for that challenge ready and I’m looking forward to it. “It is good to be in the dressing room alongside so much young talent and whilst they are young, they are ready now and that is fantastic. “There is a lot of experience here already and if I can add something to that, it is great. “It is (going to be) good to get back to training on Thursday now I’m signed.” Martinez was delighted to have secured a player he believes has a key role to play in their future. “We all know the type of footballer that he is and the type of person that he is and he will fit perfectly well into what we are at Everton,” he said. “Gareth is a model professional. He sets high standards in everything he does and that is the perfect model you want for your young players. “Add to that his experience on the football pitch and knowing how to win big games; he has that winning mentality and it is something I am delighted to bring into the side on a permanent basis. “It was not just about what he brings with his own performances, which are of the highest level, it is the influence he has with the other players. “We have got a very talented group of young footballers with big roles in the team already but you need direction and good guidance and leaders – Gareth fits into that group. “It is an exciting time with us involved in Europe, two domestic cup competitions and the league so we need a player of Gareth’s experience and know-how. “We enjoyed having him as a loan player, but we will be enjoying having him even more knowing he is an Everton player.” Press Association The former England international is Martinez’s first signing of the summer as the Spaniard looks to bolster his squad with possibly six new arrivals as he prepares for the additional demands of a Europa League campaign. “I was really keen to get this sorted before the lads come back to training on Thursday. I’m delighted now that everything is signed and that I’m going to be spending the next few years at Everton,” Barry told evertontv. “When you are on loan, it is never the same as being a signed player. I was really settled last year – but now I am an official Everton player and it feels really good. “From the moment I signed last year I settled in straight away. T here is a fantastic history here and it was brilliant working with the manager. “I have learned so much from him, it is a great set of players and the fans were fantastic last year – just everything about Everton feels right. The training ground, the facilities, the history – there is so much that is positive about the club.” Barry believes the 10 months he spent working with Martinez were among the best of his career and he is looking to push on again. “In terms of a whole season, last season has to be one of my best – the performances the team put out, the club record points total in the Premier League, the big wins, there were so many positives,” he added. “But that is last season. Now we try to improve on that and if we do improve then we are going to be going to some very good places. Everton have completed the permanent signing of Gareth Barry after the midfielder signed a three-year deal. The 33-year-old spent last season on loan at Goodison Park and became an integral figure for manager Roberto Martinez, making 36 appearances. Barry was out of contract after his deal with Manchester City expired and had been considering a number of offers but has decided to make his stay with the Toffees a longer-term arrangement, with the contract announced on the club’s website.