Govt reports highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases one day after claiming flattening curve

first_imgLast week, Doni also claimed that the number of new cases in the capital – the country’s hardest-hit province – had been trending downwards.“We can see in the latest developments that, particularly in Jakarta, new cases have rapidly slowed down and flattened,” the National Disaster Mitigation Agency head said on April 27.On Saturday, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said that the government was looking into the possibility of relaxing the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) enacted by regional heads across the country.“We know there are complaints of difficulties leaving the house, going shopping, making a living and so on,” he said. “We are considering PSBB relaxations.”Experts warned that further study was necessary before concluding that the curve had flattened, saying the country’s limited testing capabilities could lead to the underreporting or late reporting of cases.As of Tuesday, Indonesia had conducted 88,294 COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, a rate of about 327 tests per 1 million people. Malaysia has conducted more than 6,500 tests per 1 million people. Singapore has conducted more than 24,000 tests per 1 million people.Topics : The Indonesian Health Ministry confirmed 484 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the highest single-day increase in the government’s count so far. The day before, the government said the curve was flattening.Health Ministry disease control and prevention director-general Achmad Yurianto did not comment on the unprecedented increase at his daily press conference but reiterated the need for the public to be disciplined in implementing physical distancing measures.“We have to [practice physical distancing] together if we want to be able to control the number of cases by June or July and start to live better lives and reduce the number of restrictions,” he said on Tuesday. “We hope that, by August, our lives will be better and we can enter a new normal,” he added.The spike in cases came one day after government officials claimed that the number of infections in the country was decreasing and spoke of the possibility of loosening social restrictions.“The number of positive cases is flattening and going down,” said national COVID-19 task force head Doni Monardo on Monday. last_img read more

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Madrid, Barcelona Re-enact Rivalry with Football Academy

first_imgNo rivalry in world football has matched that between Real Madrid and Barcelona–from political and  ideological differences to signing the biggest players in the world and most recently, siting football academies in Nigeria A fter Barcelona’s experience with FCBESCOLA in Lagos last February, Spanish giants, Real Madrid, and the government of Rivers State recently signed an agreement to set up an academy in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.On Monday, Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, Rivers State Commissioner for Sports, Boma Iyaye, former Super Eagles player, Adokiye Amiesimaka and the Majority Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly Chief Evans Bipi  took a trip to Spain to sign the terms and conditions of the proposed Real Madrid Academy that would nurture talents in Rivers State. Wike toured training facilities of Real Madrid Football Club and met with officials of the club,  football megastar, Cristano Ronaldo  and Real Madrid Captain, Sergio Ramos,  where further modalities were discussed.Vice President of Interact Sports, Mr. Kazma and officials of Real Madrid led Wike and his entourage on a guided tour of Real Madrid Training Facility.In a meeting with Real Madrid stars, Ronaldo and Ramos, Wike said that the objective  of setting up  the Real Madrid Academy in Rivers State was to develop stars that would rule the world in the nearest future“We are using football as one of the key empowerment programmes for the next generation.  We want to grow international football stars from a tender age. We will  tap from the experience  and exposure of Real Madrid  and their stars. This  is a project that will revolutionise  football  in Rivers State and Nigeria,” Governor Wike noted.He assured that the academy  to be established  in the state will be of international standards and will take into consideration  the education  of the children.Ronaldo and Ramos lauded Wike’s commitment to the development of the game.According to Iyaye, “this will offer players of the state the opportunity to be spotted by Real Madrid and also to train and understand the ideologies and philosophies of Real Madrid.”Wike on Tuesday met with the leadership of the Real Madrid Foundation as part of the requirements  to establish a Real Madrid Affiliated Football Academy in the state.Officials of the Real Madrid Foundation were led by Managing Director, Julio Gonzalez and International Area Manager, Rosa Roncal Gimenez.The meeting which held behind closed doors at the Real Madrid Foundation Office at the Santiago Bernabéu witnessed both parties concluding discussions on the areas of partnership.In an interview after the meeting, Wike said the deliberation went on satisfactorily, noting that the partnership has reached its highpoint.The governor said the academy would help the state to harness the opportunities  inherent in football as it would empower the upcoming  generation.He said, “This is the concluding part of the process of establishing a Real Madrid Academy in Rivers State.  It is our dream to empower our youths through football. Today, you know that football is big business and one of the ways to improve the economy.“This meeting is the height of our deliberation to get the Academy Started. We are happy that this has gone on satisfactorily.  Rivers youths will reap the benefits of the Academy. “The highpoint of the meeting was the presentation of a special Real Madrid Jersey for Wike by Gonzalez.International Area Manager of Real Madrid Foundation , Rosa Roncal Gimenez, lauded the Governor for the initiative to set up a Real Madrid Academy in Rivers State.No Nigerian player has ever played for Real Madrid senior team. The closest player to doing so was Mutiu Adepoju, who joined Real Madrid in 1988 but never made it to the senior team.Adepoju scored 26 goals in 67 apperance for Real Madrid team B between 1989-1992. Real Madrid are the current La Liga and Champions League champions.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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A SNEAK PREVIEW OF LETTERKENNY GAEL’S JIGS AND REELS – IN PICTURES!

first_imgThis Sunday night sees weeks of blistered feet and bruised egos finally pay off when Letterkenny Gaels host a gala night of Jigs and Reels in the Mount Errigal Hotel.A total of 30 dancers will be performing on the night. The show will commence at 7:00 pm and a great night of entertainment is guaranteed for all. Dancers have been going through their paces over the past eight weeks, as the pictures show and with only fours days to go the excitment is building.So don’t miss out on this wonderful event, come along and enjoy the fun and dance. A few tickets are still available costing Adult €10, Student €7 or Family €25.  A SNEAK PREVIEW OF LETTERKENNY GAEL’S JIGS AND REELS – IN PICTURES! was last modified: March 16th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:jigs and reelsLetterkenny Gaelslast_img read more

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