North Sumatra to restrict access to Nias Island following surge in COVID-19 cases

first_imgThe North Sumatra administration is planning to postpone all air and sea travel to and from Nias Island, closing down the famous tourist destination in the province following a recent surge in COVID-19 cases.North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi conveyed the plan during Monday’s meeting with the North Sumatra Legislative Council (DPRD), adding that he would ask the Transportation Ministry to suspend all flights to the island as early as Thursday.“The coronavirus was carried there by visitors to the island,” Edy said in a statement on Monday. “A month ago, there were no suspected COVID-19 cases on the island. Now, 90 people have tested positive.”North Sumatra COVID-19 task force secretary Arsyad Lubis said the administration had prepared an agreement to close all air and sea travel to and from the island for 14 days. The agreement, he added, would need to be approved by all regional leaders, namely one mayor and four regents.“We are taking this measure to make Nias Island a green zone [with low transmission risk] again,” Arsyad said. “Every region of the island needs to agree on their rights and obligations.”Read also: North Sumatra University closes after lecturers test positive for COVID-19The governor said he would ensure that prior to the lockdown, enough supplies were available for the locals during the isolation period. North Sumatra Health Agency head Alwi Mujahit said the administration would establish a laboratory capable of performing COVID-19 swab tests to speed up detection. “Nias Island is home to around 800,000 residents, and we aim to perform the swab test on 72 people per day,” he said.However, he added that health authorities would use COVID-19 rapid tests for the moment as it would take around two weeks to build the lab.Edy had asked Coordinating Maritime and Investment Minister Luhut B. Pandjaitan to permit the lockdown during Monday’s virtual meeting. The coordinating minister did not make his decision during the meeting but said he would talk more with the governor about the request.Read also: In virus-stricken Indonesia, many can’t afford to self-quarantine at homeAside from isolating Nias Island, Edy also said the administration would limit access to some areas of Medan city, Binjai city and Deli Serdang regency to increase supervision of the health protocols.“I will barricade the [Medan, Binjai and Deli Serdang] areas and raid nighttime activities [as well as those who] still ignore health protocols. Let’s work together hand in hand to save our families and our beloved North Sumatra,” Edy said.Topics :last_img read more

Magpies await Mbemba visa verdict

first_img Press Association A statement on Newcastle’s official website said: ” Following an agreement between Newcastle United and Anderlecht for the transfer of Chancel Mbemba, the player has been in Newcastle and has agreed personal terms with the club and undergone his medical. “The documentation in relation to the club’s application for a governing body endorsement (GBE), required in order for Mbemba to obtain a visa, was submitted to the FA on Wednesday morning (22nd July). “Unfortunately, the FA are unable to consider the club’s application until Thursday of next week (30th July). The FA advised the club they were not able to convene a panel any sooner.” Mbemba is set to join new Magpies signings Georginio Wijnaldum, who arrived from PSV Eindhoven, and former Anderlecht team-mate Aleksandar Mitrovic at St James’ Park this coming season. Newcastle have agreed a deal to sign defender Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht that hinges on a work permit being granted.center_img The 20-year-old DR Congo international completed his medical in Newcastle and agreed personal terms with the Barclays Premier League club. Mbemba still needs to obtain a visa to complete the deal. last_img read more