Travelers in Java ignore ‘mudik’ ban, bringing coronavirus home

first_imgGanjar asserted that going on mudik secretly would be dangerous to travelers’ health as well as risking others’ lives. He called on people under his jurisdiction to be open in communicating with officials if they had to go home under urgent circumstances.“If you really have to go home, you should request a letter of permission. I think the government will wisely consider it,” he said, asking that residents should stay where they were while the government distributed necessary social aid.Ganjar said he had asked regents, mayors and village heads across Central Java to prepare health protocols and quarantine places for travelers who returned to their hometowns.According to the Jakarta Police, the number of vehicles leaving Jakarta increased two days prior to the enforcement of the mudik ban on Friday. Once the policy was imposed, the traffic police had asked around 1,200 motorists attempting to leave Greater Jakarta to turn around, as reported by kompas.com.The number of vehicles told to turn around amounted to 3,300 on Sunday, as revealed by Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus.Authorities have set up checkpoints in several locations across Java to monitor the flow of vehicles between cities and provinces following the mudik ban.People found violating the ban were subject to the maximum punishment of fines amounting to Rp 100 million (US$6,490) and a year’s imprisonment, as stipulated in the 2018 Health Quarantine Law. (syk) The governor added that he had received a report from the Cilacap regent, who said that some people recently arrived the regency despite the mudik ban had tested positive for COVID-19.Cilacap Health Agency head Pramesti Griana Dewi confirmed that eight residents of Cimanggu district tested positive for the disease. They had traveled to Cilacap in the same car from Jakarta.The travelers had tested positive following a rapid test and were now declared patients under surveillance (PDPs). They would undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to make sure of their medical status.“We will announce if the swab test results come back positive,” Pramesti told tribunnews.com on Sunday, adding that the eight patients showed no medical symptoms of having contracted the coronavirus. Many residents of regions across Java have been ignoring the government’s mudik (exodus) ban and are insisting on traveling home undetected, even though some are testing positive for COVID-19 upon arriving in their respective hometowns.Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said he had received reports and photographs showing travelers returning to their hometowns across the province, with some coming by dangerous means.“Some have put their cars inside trucks and covered them with other stuff. There were also some who traveled in a container [on the back of a truck], although that’s not confirmed yet,” Ganjar said on Tuesday in Semarang.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Brisbane’s property price growth has returned to positive territory

first_imgBrisbane dwelling price growth has returned to positive territory, according to Tim Lawless.NEW figures to be released next week are set to reveal that Brisbane property price growth has returned to positive territory.Based on the first 27 days of the month CoreLogic figures reveal Brisbane dwelling prices increased by 0.2 per cent during March.CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said Brisbane’s return to positive growth was partly driven by an improvement in the unit sector, he said.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoThe supply of inner city apartments has been slowing since the construction peak in 2016, with unit stock gradually getting absorbed.“The unit market is not as weak as before,” Mr Lawless said. “There remain some issues with oversupply in investment grade stock in certain areas, but we are starting to see some good signs in that market.”The 0.2 per cent preliminary growth for the month suggested the Brisbane market was still on the softer side after last month’s 0.1 per cent fall, but was not weakening to the same degree as Sydney and Melbourne.“Affordability is not as much of an issue as it is in Sydney and Melbourne and the jobs market is strong, which is keeping housing (demand) steady.”last_img read more

Football: Four-Star recruit Stevenson denied admission to UW, granted release

first_imgWisconsin football recruit Jordan Stevenson was denied admission to the university Thursday and will be granted his release Friday morning, according to a report from 247sports.com.Head coach Paul Chryst and running backs coach John Settle informed the four-star running back earlier Thursday he didn’t get into the school, the report said.Stevenson’s release will become official Friday morning, and he can sign with any school he desires.https://twitter.com/Jordanstevie2/status/624393707198877696?lang=enStevenson, a Dallas, Texas native and South Oak Cliff product, received Scout.com’s No. 84 overall ranking in the country in the 2015 class, and would have been Wisconsin’s highest-rated recruit this season.The Badgers still have Bradrick Shaw, a three-star running back out of Hoover, Alabama, and he will now be the lone incoming running back in this class.Get to know the Wisconsin football recruiting class of 2015QUARTERBACKS (2) Austin Kafentzis ★ ★ ★ City: Sandy, UT H.S.: Jordan Ranked as the No. 1 quarterback in Utah Read…The Badgers still have depth at running back, with Corey Clement taking over the starting role and Dare Ogunbowale, Taiwan Deal and Serge Trezy also listed on the depth chart.Stevenson won’t be the only original Class of 2015 member missing at Wisconsin. The Badgers also lost three-star quarterback recruit Austin Kaftenzis, who transferred to Nevada, after it became clear during spring practices that fellow incoming freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook would outrank him on the depth chart.Admissions standards at Wisconsin are among the toughest in the nation for incoming student-athletes, and the requirements have received a lot of attention over the last few months.The standards are  the main reason why former football head coach Gary Andersen bolted Madison for Oregon State this past December.The UW football program places emphasis on academics. Two months ago, the team received the highest Academic Progress Rate in the country, beating schools like Stanford, Duke and Michigan.Final Grades: Might not be best on field, but Wisconsin football No. 1 in classroomThe University of Wisconsin football team may not be No. 1 in the rankings, but it is in the classroom. Read…Wisconsin opens up its season against SEC powerhouse Alabama Sept. 5.last_img read more