Tests reveal increase in COVID-19 clusters in Jakarta’s houses of worship

first_imgTopics : During its transition from large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), the capital determined five types of COVID-19 clusters, namely houses of worship, residential areas, markets, office and health facilities.Governor Anies Baswedan extended the transitional PSBB for another two weeks starting on Friday after Jakarta failed to slow down the daily increase in COVID-19 cases. The capital’s positivity rate hit 6.5 percent in the past week, above the figure recommended by the World Health Organization for relaxations, which is 5 percent or below.The city’s latest COVID-19 daily reproduction number (Rt) also stood at 1. An outbreak is considered under control if the number is below 1. (aly) More than half of the people tested for COVID-19 at houses of worship were found to have the disease, health authorities have revealed.According to epidemiologist Dewi Nur Aisyah of the national COVID-19 task force, the positivity rate in houses of worship has reached 74 percent, up from 51 percent, tempo.co reported.The positivity rate refers to the percentage of positive results of from all tests conducted in a cluster.center_img Jakarta Health Agency data from June 4 to July 28 shows there were 114 confirmed cases from nine houses of worship clusters across the capital. Most of them were located in churches and mosques, with three clusters each and a total of 40 cases.Meanwhile, health authorities recorded one cluster in a clergy dormitory, pesantren [Islamic boarding school] and tahlil (Islamic prayers of the dead), with a total of 74 cases.Read also: Religious Affairs Ministry issues protocol for reopening houses of worship“The positivity rate likely [increased] because people kept gathering in one place, such as in a clergy dormitory,” Dewi said on Friday as quoted by tempo.co.last_img read more

Antioch Modified checkers fly for Busby

first_imgANTIOCH, Calif.  (May 2) – Scott Busby, one of the most winning drivers in California history, scored his second victory of the 2015 season in Saturday’s IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main event at Antioch Speedway.Busby fought off challenges from Troy Foulger on the last two laps of the race.The feature saw Grand Theft Auto game developer Jeff Thomas driving his car like he stole it. Thomas jumped into a commanding lead early in the event, separating from the pack of cars.When second running Carl Berendsen spun with just four laps to go, the resulting restart put Busby and Alex Wilson behind Thomas. At the drop of the green, Thomas looked like he was go­ing for the win but suddenly pulled off with engine problems.Busby and Wilson charged forward. Foulger quickly moved alongside Wilson, with cars racing three wide around the track.“Everybody was fast tonight,” Busby said from victory lane. “I just shot to the front. One of us had to get out there.”Foulger then chased Busby, as the cars in the pack banged bumpers through the turns.“The track was so equal, and so hooked up for everyone, it was hard to move up,” Foulger said after the race.Wilson grabbed third place. It was his best finish at the speedway.last_img read more