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New Euro ruling scuppers UK regeneration plans

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Heavy rating on the line

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Retail: the Oxford Transport Strategy is here to stay

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Matrix recruits Drivers Jonas man

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Witholding tax could shake confidence

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Moderate results let Insignia beat US rivals

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COVID-19: Batam quarantines dozens of sailors from Myanmar, Philippines

first_imgDozens of seafarers wishing to enter Batam, Riau Islands, have been required to undergo a 14-day quarantine as Indonesia has suspended its visa-free policy and has mandated the isolation period to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.The sailors who have come from Myanmar and the Philippines are now in self-quarantine and are being periodically monitored by officers from the Batam Port Health Office (KKP).Romer Simanungkalit, the head of the Batam KKP’s quarantine control and epidemiology surveillance department, said that the new policy had been imposed to carry out Law and Human Rights Ministerial Regulation No.8/2020 on the temporary suspension of visa-free and visa-on-arrival travel. “We have yet to receive information regarding Singaporeans or Malaysians being quarantined,” he added.International ferry ports in Batam have not entirely suspended their operations, he said. Some operators have kept routes open from Malaysia and Singapore, but they mostly carry the citizens of those countries or Indonesians returning to Batam.Chairul Mirza, the head of the immigration checkpoint at the Batam Immigration Office, said that Batam used to open its doors to more than 5,000 people a day. However, since the Singaporean government issued travel restrictions, later followed by Malaysia, the number has decreased by 90 percent to about 1,000 people a day.“With the 14-day quarantine requirement in place, I assume that the number will be lower. However, we [the officials] in Batam are ready to implement any measures to curb the spread of COVID-19,” Mirza said.Foreigners who want to visit Batam or other regions in Indonesia must apply for a visa through the Indonesian mission in their respective countries. They are also required to provide a document declaring their willingness to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon entering Indonesia.“The quarantine itself is the domain of the KKP. They will manage the process,” Mirza said. (asp)Topics : “We have asked the sailors [from Myanmar and the Philippines] to self-quarantine. We will monitor them before they enter Batam,” he said.According to Romer, the sailors must undergo the quarantine before they continue their trip, whether to Batam, Jakarta or other destinations in Indonesia.“Quarantine is required. It’s not voluntary. Since the new policy was put in place, we have only quarantined sailors from Myanmar and the Philippines so far,” Romer added.  The arrivals of Singaporeans and Malaysians, who are the main visitors to Batam, have fallen as their countries have imposed similar restrictions on movement to those Indonesia has implemented, according to Romer.last_img read more

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Virus deaths nearly doubling Milan’s normal mortality rate

first_imgDeaths still rising Lombardy was reporting about two-thirds of Italy’s virus deaths when the rate of officially registered infections was still soaring daily in the early part of March.Neighboring regions with high death tolls have been reporting lower infection rates throughout the crisis.AFP’s comparison of the data reflects that.The neighboring Emilia Romagna region reported 1,640 COVID-19 deaths last month.That corresponds to around 40 percent of its estimated monthly deaths average of 4,150 for 2018.The Piedmont region around the industrial city of Turin reported 854 COVID-19 related deaths.AFP estimates that it would have otherwise witnessed around 4,486 deaths.A report authored by an Italian expert at European Society of Anaesthesiology also looked at the data and found that Italy’s death toll will keep rapidly climbing for some time.”The data suggest that the increase in numbers of patients in intensive care in both the Lombardy region and Italy as a whole are likely to have peaked,” the report said.But “the numbers of deaths in hospital will continue to increase at the maximum rate for several days to come”. 969 is a lot The northern Lombardy region that includes the financial capital Milan turned into the global epicenter of the pandemic when Italy overtook China’s official death toll on March 19.Lombardy is Italy’s industrial heartland and includes heavily-affected cities such as Bergamo and Brescia to Milan’s east.The region recorded 99,542 deaths from all causes in 2018 — a rough monthly average of 8,300.It reported 7,176 coronavirus deaths in March.All countries’ monthly deaths vary depending on the season.United Nations data show Italy recording the highest number of deaths in January and the lowest in June.March turns out to be a statistically average month.This suggests that Lombardy’s official toll from COVID-19 last month — 7,176 — was just under 15 percent shy of the number of people who would have statistically been expected to die in March without the epidemic.Bergamo Mayor Giorgio Gori said Wednesday he does not trust the official figures and thinks the real toll may be twice as high.The mayor tweeted a newspaper analysis suggesting that the COVID-19 toll in the Bergamo province was “between 4,500 and 5,000, and not the 2,060″ officially reported.”How many are infected then?” the Bergamo mayor asked.He cited a local statistics agency analysis indicating 26 percent of Bergamo province’s 1.1 million people had the virus.”I fear that the figure is higher,” the mayor tweeted. Italian officials acknowledge that their coronavirus data are incomplete with deaths from COVID-19 related causes outside hospitals often not counted.The number of people who died after catching the virus without ever being tested is unknown.So is the number of people who died of other causes because they could not get treatment from hospitals dealing with a ceaseless flow of COVID-19 patients.Some newspapers are asking why jumps in March deaths reported individually by some cities do not appear to be reflected in the national tally.”The death count does not add up,” the Il Fatto Quotidiano said Wednesday.Here is what the official figures do show. But the tolls being read out daily by health officials in Rome can often seem hard to quantify.The civil protection service disclosed a record 969 deaths for last Friday.That sounds like a lot — but how does that compare to the number of people who usually die in Italy in a day?AFP tried to figure this out by comparing 2018 data from Italy’s official statistic agency ISTAT — the last available for all regions — and the coronavirus deaths reported by the civil protection service in March.center_img The torrent of Italian death data reveals that the region around Milan with a population of 10 million reported almost as many coronavirus fatalities in March as it would normally have done from all other causes.The Mediterranean country of 60 million people is living through its worst disaster since World War II.It registered 12,399 COVID-19 related deaths last month — thousands more than officially reported by any other country. Topics :last_img read more

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