Indonesia records spike in COVID-19 cases as govt eases restrictions

first_imgThe number of daily recorded COVID-19 cases in Indonesia has continued to increase in the past five days as the government gears up to implement the so-called “new normal” measures and eases large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).The government announced 1,241 new confirmed cases on Wednesday, surpassing the previous all-time-high of 1,043 new cases recorded the previous day, with 36 news deaths and 715 newly recovered patients also recorded. In total, the country has recorded 34,316 confirmed cases with 1,959 fatalities and 12,129 recoveries so far. The Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, said that East Java had recorded the highest increase at the provincial level with 273 new cases, followed by South Sulawesi with 189 new cases, Jakarta (157), Central Java (139) and South Kalimantan (127).He added that 15 provinces had reported less than 10 new cases and six areas reported no additional cases.Since Saturday, the country has continued to record high numbers of new cases, with 993 recorded on Saturday, 672 on Sunday, 847 on Monday and 1043 on Tuesday. The new cases were mainly recorded in East Java, South Sulawesi, South Kalimantan and Jakarta.The spike in cases may have been caused by the central government’s and several regional administrations’ decision to gradually ease PSBB measures before eventually reopening economic activities under the “new normal” policy.  Yurianto, however, claimed that more “aggressive” contact tracing conducted by the government was the reason for the increase. “The new cases mostly came from the testing of samples sent by community health centers [Puskesmas] and regional health agencies. It has not been dominated by samples from hospitals,” he said during a press conference on Wednesday.”Overall, we can see that cases are still increasing. But if we see the distribution per province, most of them are, in fact, already in a stable condition,” he went on to say.Jakarta, one of the first provinces to ease restrictions, began its transition phase on June 5, with the capital set to gradually reopen public places, offices and factories. Governor Anies Baswedan decided to start the transition period on this date because many parts of Jakarta have now downgraded from red zones to green or yellow zones, indicating a decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases.East Java has recorded an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, with its capital Surabaya recording more than 3000 cases. Meanwhile, the governor of South Sulawesi claimed on Wednesday that there were more green zones than red zones in the province, despite the increase in daily new cases, reported.Topics :last_img read more

Turn your pet into part of your home styling

first_imgSleeping products can still be stylish.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoYou could go with custom made furniture with interesting designs to hold food bowls, cat litter trays or accessories.Vault Interiors are a big lover of Jonathon Adler designs which show that practical pet design can definitely be stylish too, putting pet accessories on display as part of your home. Vault Interiors director and principal stylist Justine Wilson shares her top tips on home styling with your pet in mind.MATCHING your pet to your home is becoming a “thing” as home fashion steps it up a notch.Vault Interiors director and principal stylist Justine Wilson shares her top tips on home styling with your pet in mind.“As a pet lover and owner, I know how important it is to make sure your pet feels comfortable and part of the family home,” Ms Wilson said.“Just because your place needs to be pet friendly, there is absolutely no need to compromise on style or quality! Match your decor to your puppy.“There are so many options for integrating your pets into your home, and trends show pet owners are now being bolder than ever before to make a big statement when it comes to pet styling.”Here are Ms Wilson’s tips for getting your home pet styled:1. Designer AccessoriesWe know that no matter how much money you spend on your pet’s bed, they will always choose your lap, face or your bed over their own. However, it’s worth a try to get them to find their sleeping spot, and when they do it may as well be a stylish one. Furniture that works for both your interior design and your pet.2. Pet-Friendly FurnitureFabrics with patterns are a good option to consider for hiding evidence of pet fur. It can help to camouflage the fur as well as marks and stains.Leather is a pet owners friend, it’s somewhat resistant to odour and it doesn’t attract pet fur. Stains, spills and fur wipe off easily with a cloth. If your dog does happen to leave a scratch, you can usually buff it out.Go for hard-wearing leather over a soft and delicate one, and choose distressed leather; it will draw less attention to scratches and scuffs.Scotchguard upholstered furniture, use slipcovers for couches and throw blankets for protection.Avoid chenille, velvet, wool, linen, silk, and tweed. Cuteness can still be stylish.3. The Right Pet For Your HomeHardwood and carpet floors call for smaller pets, which won’t scratch or dirty it. If you have stone, tile or laminate flooring, you could be coming home with a big furry friend and not have to worry about scratches or damage.If you are at getting a pet but don’t have any specifications, you will want to look at your home design to see what best suits. If you have a light lounge sofa set, a black cat probably won’t be the best idea. A fish tank or aquarium is a great low maintenance option as it acts as a design focal point and animal companion.last_img read more