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

MDI basketball teams win rivalry showdowns against Ellsworth

first_img MDI man reaches 41 straight years of daily runs – July 31, 2017 BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island girls’ and boys’ basketball teams both defeated Ellsworth last week in the first set of home-and-home games between the two rivals.MDI girls win defensive battleThe MDI girls’ team allowed just seven points in the second half to defeat Ellsworth 33-21 on Wednesday.It was a slow start for both teams, but the Trojans picked up the pace in the last quarter and clinched the victory with consistent shooting from the free-throw line.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Eagles lead the Trojans throughout the first quarter, though neither team put up many points; Ellsworth led 9-5 after the first eight minutes and had a 14-12 edge going into halftime.During the 10-minute halftime break, MDI head coach Brent Barker tried to get his team to settle down.“I told them we had to relax,” Barker said. “We were just playing very tight. I said, ‘Guys, we came out with a good defensive effort. Now let’s come out and execute.’”Barker said the players might have felt the pressure of a rivalry game that saw a big fan turnout, but the girls took their coach’s message to heart. The Trojans shifted the momentum and went into the fourth quarter ahead 22-20 and carried the lead the rest of the way.MDI’s free-throw shooting was key to the victory. In the fourth quarter alone, sophomore Julia Watras shot 8 of 10 from the line to help her team seal the win.“In tournament play and in big games, you’ve got to limit your turnovers and make your foul shots,” Barker said. “We hit our foul shots, but we had a couple of turnovers that we didn’t need to [make].”The Eagles shot just 43 percent from the free-throw line, whereas the Trojans shot 63 percent.“[The free-throw advantage] was huge for us,” Barker said.Watras led the Trojans with 10 points, and Maddy Good scored seven. Ellsworth’s Sammy Mason had five.MDI also topped John Bapst on Friday and Old Town on Monday. Its next game will be at home against Hermon (8-1) at 7 p.m. next Thursday, Jan. 12.MDI boys stay unbeaten with rivalry winIn the boys’ game the following night, MDI took the lead early in the game and led 18-12 after one quarter. In the second quarter, MDI’s defense held the Eagles to just two points, and the offense racked up 19 more points to extend the lead to 37-14 at the half.Ellsworth (5-4) kept pace with the Trojans throughout the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t nearly enough. MDI recorded a double-digit win for the sixth time in seven games.Nearly every MDI player saw some time on the court. Riley Swanson led the Trojans with six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points overall. Graham Good was 5 of 5 and finished the game with 12. Bryce Harmon and Zach Harris each had 16 for Ellsworth.“Everyone looks at this game as one of the most important of season because it’s Ellsworth, and it’s been one of the biggest rivals since the schools consolidated,” he said. “It’s always a big night.”Norwood said everything came together for MDI in the win.“I thought our defense in the half court was good especially in the second quarter, he said. “We did a good job in the half court of shrinking the floor. [The Eagles] have great dribblers, great penetrators, and we were able to stop them.”Racking up point after point certainly didn’t hurt, either.“Offensively, when Riley Swanson gets off like that, good things happen,” said Norwood, who also noted the contributions of each player. “We’ve got 14 guys who can really play.”MDI (8-0) also beat John Bapst 72-55 last Saturday. The team were scheduled to face Old Town (2-6) on Wednesday, and its next game will be at home against Hermon (8-1) at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 13. Ellsworth will be at home against Houlton (5-2) at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. Town Hill Takeout serves up inventive tacos – August 18, 2017 Sea urchin subject of aging research – July 30, 2017 Latest posts by Taylor Bigler Mace (see all)center_img Bio Latest Posts Taylor Bigler MaceReporter at Mount Desert IslanderTaylor covers sports and maritimes for the Islander. As a native of Texas, she is an unapologetic Dallas Cowboys fan. [email protected]last_img read more