Buses still able to leave and enter Jakarta despite calls for quarantine

first_imgThe agency also consulted the Transportation Ministry’s land transportation director general, the Public Works and Housing Ministry’s highways director general, the Toll Road Management Agency head and the Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency head.However, Syafrin asserted that implementation of the policy required the government’s approval through the BPTJ.The Jakarta administration has extended the capital’s emergency status to April 19 as the spread of the virus in capital — the nation’s epicenter of the outbreak — continues unabated.Health experts and analysts have called for a quarantine in the capital city to curb the transmission of the virus, as increasing numbers of positive cases detected in others regions are found to have been imported from Greater Jakarta.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, however, remained adamant a quarantine would not be imposed. Instead, he called on Monday for the implementation of “large-scale social restrictions” as outlined in the 2018 Health Quarantine Law and asserted that declaring a lockdown was the sole authority of the central government.As of Monday, Indonesia had reported 1,414 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 698 of which were recorded in Jakarta. A total of 122 people have died from the disease. (aly)Topics : On Sunday, the agency decided to prevent residents in the capital from leaving the city by suspending the service of AKAP buses as well as tourist buses starting at 6 p.m. on Monday.Syafrin said on Sunday the agency would monitor AKAP bus stops, such as Kalideres terminal in Cengkareng, West Jakarta; Tanjung Priok terminal in North Jakarta; and Kampung Rambutan terminal in Cipayung and Pulogebang terminal in Cakung, East Jakarta, to ensure the suspension of operations was enforced.The decision was made following reports that thousands of people were leaving the capital for their hometowns, a tradition known as mudik (exodus), despite the government’s warnings against it, risking the further transmission of COVID-19.Read also: Jokowi refuses to impose lockdown on Jakarta Bus routes connecting Jakarta and other cities and provinces will remain open following the cancellation of a plan to temporarily suspend operations of Greater Jakarta-based intercity and interprovincial (AKAP) buses.“We need a letter from the Transportation Ministry’s Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency [BPTJ] to implement the plan, but we have not received the letter to date,” Jakarta Transportation agency head Syafrin Liputo told The Jakarta Post via phone Monday afternoon.He confirmed that without the letter, the Greater-Jakarta based AKAP buses could still leave and enter the city.last_img read more

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Linden girl diagnosed with eye cancer departs for Cuba

first_img– family seeking assistance in securing more funds to complete treatmentThree-year-old Crystal John of Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden, who was diagnosed with cancer of the retina, has departed Guyana for Cuba to undergo life-saving surgery.John departed these shores on Tuesday, but her family is still seeking to raise more funds to offset expenses, since the initial target was not met. According to the toddler’s mother, LaShawn Daniels, the family with the help of the Giving Hope Foundation, public-spirited citizens and organisations had managed to secure only part of the funds and as of Thursday, they were still awaiting financial assistance from the Public Health Ministry.The family had initially sought to secure US$10,000, which included the cost forThree-year-old Crystal Johntreatment, accommodation, transportation, and other costs. A number of organisations, including the Giving Hope Foundation Guyana and the Sar & B Nonprofit Foundation have since been on the quest to assist the family in raising the monies with the help of the public.Linden Nurse Colwyn Allen had also organised a telethon on his radio programme “Healthy Living with Nurse Allen” in an effort to assist.Speaking with Guyana Times, Daniels noted that they still needed half of the funds for the toddler’s complete treatment, since they only managed to secure half. The family, she noted, was expected to send the remainder of the money.“We have no idea where we’re going to get it from,” Daniels indicated.Little Crystal was diagnosed with the life-threatening disease when she was just eight months old, resulting in the removal of one of her eyes. It has since spread to her other eye and she is currently unable to see. In an effort to save her life and prevent further spread, her remaining eye has to be removed.As such, her parents, Ivan John and LaShawn Daniels, are seeking the assistance of the public and the Public Health Ministry, in an effort to urgently secure funds for her complete treatment in Cuba.  Donations can be made via Citizens Bank Account # 219-002-772 and GBTI Account # 001062730013.  A GoFundMe account has also been set up at GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/crystals-johns-treatment. Her parents can be contacted on phone numbers 690-0866, 670-4337 or 687-7171, or interested persons can contact the Giving Hope Foundation on telephone number 227-6588.last_img read more

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