Dengue fever kills more than COVID-19 in Central Java

first_imgForty people across Central Java have died from dengue fever in the last three months, the Central Java Health Agency reported, making the mosquito-borne disease deadlier than COVID-19, which has claimed 27 lives in the province as of Thursday.Central Java has recorded 2,155 cases of dengue fever to date in 35 regencies and cities, said agency head Yulianto Prabowo.”The highest case is recorded in Cilacap regency with 216 infections and three deaths, followed by Semarang municipality with 154 cases and two deaths, as well as Jepara with 136 cases and one death,” Yulianto said on Thursday as quoted as He added that other regions had also reported a high number of cases, such as Banjarnegara regency with 62 cases and three fatalities, Banyumas regency (132 cases and three deaths) and Klaten (131 cases and three deaths).Read also: Frequently asked questions about dengue fever”The dengue fever outbreak is a recurring problem in all parts of Central Java because the disease is endemic in this tropical country,” Yulianto said.He urged residents to remain alert and eradicate mosquitos in their environment, especially the Aedes aegypti, which is the main carrier of the disease.“Assign a jumantik [mosquito larvae controller] in every residential area, office and school. Make sure no mosquito larvae are found in the area, as the environment plays a huge role in the growth of the mosquito population.”The country has been battling with a dengue fever outbreak since early this year, while it is also struggling to fight the COVID-19 outbreak. According to data from the Health Ministry, more than 41,000 people have been infected by dengue fever across the archipelago as of Tuesday, with more than 260 dead.East Nusa Tenggara and North Maluku are among the hardest-hit regions by the disease. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

COVID-19 rapid test officer arrested following harassment, extortion report

first_imgRead also: Soekarno-Hatta Police receive report of sexual harassment during COVID-19 testAccording to investigators’ findings, EF recently graduated from a medical school at a private university in North Sumatra. However, he does not have a medical license because he has yet to complete an internship program.“We will question representatives of the Indonesian Medical Association [IDI] and the university to confirm whether the suspect had indeed graduated from medical school,” Yusri said.Clinical laboratory firm PT Kimia Farma Diagnostika, a subsidiary of pharmaceutical company PT Kimia Farma, said it would pursue legal action against EF, who is an employee of the company. (dpk)Topics : The Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Police have arrested a medical worker accused of sexual misconduct and extortion by a traveler who underwent a rapid COVID-19 test at the airport in Tangerang, Banten.The suspect, identified as EF, was arrested at a rooming house in Balige, Toba Samosir regency, North Sumatra. He was with his wife and children during the arrest. “A team arrested the suspect today [Saturday]. We have brought him in for interrogation,” the police’s criminal detective chief, Comr. Alexander Yurikho, said on Friday as quoted by Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus said EF fled to Balige after the victim had shared her experience on Twitter, saying the incident occurred on Sept. 13 when she was about to fly to Nias, North Sumatra. The post later went viral.Soekarno-Hatta Airport Police named EF a suspect and went to his rooming house in Tangerang, Banten, but did not find him there.“EF told investigators that he immediately left for North Sumatra by using public transportation after reading the [viral] tweet,” said Yusri.last_img read more

Thomas, Simmons fire Windies to opening Twenty20 win

first_imgKANDY, Sri Lanka, (CMC) – Speedster Oshane Thomas conjured up a stunning maiden five-wicket haul while opener Lendl Simmons hit a measured unbeaten half-century, as West Indies celebrated captain Kieron Pollard’s 500th Twenty20 with a clinical 25-run victory over Sri Lanka here yesterday.Managing to shake off any lingering lethargy from the 3-0 whitewash in the preceding one-day series, the Caribbean rallied to 196 for four off their 20 overs after opting to bat first at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, with Simmons top-scoring with 67 not out off 51 balls.All-rounder Andre Russell, in his first T20 International in nearly two years, clobbered a feisty 14-ball 35 and Pollard matched him with an equally brutal 15-ball 34, while opener Brandon King chipped in with 33 off 25 deliveries.West Indies were 90 for one at the half-way mark but the assault from Russell and Pollard saw the visitors gather 106 from the last 10 overs.In reply, Sri Lanka were rocked by Thomas’s opening burst, the right-armer taking the first five wickets to fall to reduce the hosts to 56 for five at the end of the sixth over.Opener Kusal Perera engineered a recovery with a high class 66 from 38 balls while Wanindu Hasaranga belted 44 from 34 balls but Man-of-the-Match Thomas (5-28) had already done the damage and Sri Lanka were dismissed for 171 at the start of the final over.Desperate to shake off the disappointment of the ODI series, the reigning world champions were handed an excellent start by Simmons and King as the pair posted 74 off 50 balls for the first wicket.Simmons counted seven fours and two sixes while King struck five fours and a six before holing to long-on in the ninth over off left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan.The incoming batsmen then all batted around Simmons, Nicholas Pooran (14) helping to add 32 for the second wicket and Russell smashing two fours and four sixes in adding a further 39 for the third wicket.When Russell was beautifully yorked by veteran speedster and captain Lasith Malinga in the 16th over, Pollard arrived to sustain the intensity, striking three fours and a couple of sixes in a 45-run, fourth-wicket stand with Simmons.Thomas then wasted little time putting the Windies in command as he turned the game on its head in the second over when he knocked over Avishka Fernando (7), Shehan Jayasuriya (0) and Kusal Mendis (0) in the space of four balls.Fernando was taken on the second attempt by wicketkeeper Pooran off a short, quick delivery, Jayasuriya holed out to third man off the next ball and with the final delivery of the over, Mendis gloved another short one behind.Tottering on 17 from three, there was some respite courtesy of a 24-run stand between Kusal and Angelo Mathews (10), allowing Sri Lanka to steady themselves.However, Thomas shook up Mathews with a blow to the head and then removed him three balls later in the fourth over to a brilliant running catch in the deep by Russell. And when the 23-year-old, who escaped serious injury in a vehicular accident just two weeks ago, bowled Shaaka leg-stump in his next over, Sri Lanka’s innings was in strife.Kusal capitalised on Thomas’s exit from the attack, counting half-dozen fours and three sixes in an 87-run, sixth-wicket stand with Hasaranga who struck four fours in his knock.The pair were hauling Sri Lanka back into the contest when Hasaranga perished in the 16th over, lbw to medium pacer Rovman Powell (2-31), and the challenge quickly fizzled out as the last five wickets went down for 28 runs in the space of 22 deliveries.last_img read more