Govt urged to close Papuan ports, airports to prevent COVID-19 spread

first_imgRead also: More than 12,000 flights canceled in two months over virus fears, says Angkasa Pura IThe Papua provincial administration declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, ordering all civil servants to work from home for two weeks.Timotius, however, criticized the policy. “It won’t help us much if people from regions affected by COVID-19 keep coming to Papua.”He urged authorities to close all airports and sea ports, or the government would face more problems in the future as Papua was lacking medical staff and health facilities. The Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP) called on provincial administrations to close off entry to Papua in an effort to contain the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).“We have agreed to ask the Papua governor to write to President Joko Widodo [Jokowi] to suspend air and sea travel to Papua for 14 days or even a month, in order to protect Papua residents and the indigenous community,” MRP chairman Timotius Murib told The Jakarta Post in Jayapura on Thursday.The assembly has sent a letter to authorities in Papua, including the governor, regional legislative council, police and the Cenderawasih Military Command (Kodam). “Who guarantees that Papuans will get adequate health services? If the government is not ready to provide that, it’s better to close access to Papua completely,” said Timotius.As of Thursday, Indonesian authorities had logged 309 cases of COVID-19. Of the total cases, 25 had died.In Papua alone, 322 people are under general monitoring while five others are under surveillance for COVID-19, Papua Health Agency secretary Silwanus Sumule said.“The five patients under surveillance show symptoms of fever and cough. We have sent their samples to Jakarta for laboratory testing and are waiting for the results,” said Silwanus.Read also: COVID-19: Jayawijaya cancels Baliem Valley Cultural Festival as health precautionOf the five patients, two are being treated in Merauke General Hospital, while the others are being treated in Biak Numfor General Hospital, Jayapura General Hospital and Dian Harapan General Hospital in Jayapura.In Pekanbaru, Riau, on the island of Sumatra, a 63-year-old man has tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently being treated in Arifin Achmad General Hospital.“The patient flew back from Malaysia two weeks ago. He was admitted into the hospital on March 13 and was confirmed positive for COVID-19 today,” Riau Health Agency head Mimi Yuliani Nazir said on Wednesday evening.She said the agency was waiting for laboratory results of nine other potential COVID-19 patients. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Clonmel RFC looking for Cup glory

first_imgClonmel coach Denis Leamy says he was very impressed with his side’s performance against Tralee in the Munster Junior League Division 1 last weekend. But he warned that Cobh Pirates will be a better side than what they’ve shown in their league form and will put his side to the test in the Challenge Cup final: sides are due to meet in the league at the Tipperary venue next weekend.  Elsewhere, Fethard travel to Kinsale and Cashel go to Fitzgerald Park to take on Thomand in their Munster Junior Cup games.And in the Munster Junior Plate there is a Tipperary derby when Newport host Thurles and the home side will be aiming to avenge December’s 31-10 away defeat in Division 2 of the Junior League.  All games kick-off at half two.last_img read more