‘Severe red zone’: East Java scrambles to contain COVID-19 spread at Islamic boarding school

first_imgOn Wednesday evening, officials from Magetan and the East Java COVID-19 task force were informed that 31 of 312 santri at Al Fatah pesantren in Temboro had tested positive for the disease following the rapid testing.Read also: East Java boarding school undergoes rapid COVID-19 testing after Malaysia reports imported casesKohar said his team had taken swab samples from students that were found to have contracted the disease during the rapid testing. The samples would be tested using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method to get a more reliable result.Although faster and more affordable compared to the PCR, the rapid testing is deemed less accurate in detecting COVID-19 as it only detects antibodies against the coronavirus in blood samples. He went on to say that authorities would need several days to complete surveillance and contact tracing, as the team had to examine many more students.The surveillance would focus on students living in the same housing complex where the 43 Malaysian students lived. The complex, located within the pesantren, was occupied mostly by foreign students.Al Fatah, located about 11 kilometers north of the center of Magetan, has more than 22,000 students; 2,000 of which are foreigners, mostly from Southeast Asian countries.The boarding school is also known as the base for an Islamic group known as Jamaah Tabligh, which has held events in Malaysia, India and South Sulawesi that have been linked to several COVID-19 cases in the respective regions. It is unclear whether any Al Fatah santri attended those events.Kohar said authorities expected more students to test positive as examination and contact tracing was still under way.Read also: In shadow of coronavirus, Muslims face a Ramadan like never beforeMagetan Regent Suprawoto told The Jakarta Post on Thursday that the Malaysian government had urged the remaining Malaysian students to return home, although they initially wanted to stay and spend Ramadan in the village.Officials from the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta were preparing the necessary documents so the students could return to their home country as soon as possible, he went on to say.“However, we want those who tested positive during the rapid testing to stay and undergo treatment here in Magetan, while waiting for their PCR test result,” said Suprawoto.East Java has recorded 664 COVID-19 cases as of Thursday, with 60 fatalities and 112 recoveries. Fourteen of the confirmed cases were found in Magetan. (kuk)Topics : More people tested positive during COVID-19 rapid testing conducted at a pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in Temboro village, Magetan regency, East Java, which the provincial task force has declared a red zone.Authorities declared the village a red zone after 43 santri (students of an Islamic boarding school) tested positive for COVID-19 in Malaysia. They also put the village under quarantine, restricting people from entering and leaving the village.“I had to wear full personal protective equipment upon briefing the santri and other residents in the pesantren, because I know the area is a severe red zone with high virus transmission,” said Kohar Hari Santoso, an official from the East Java COVID-19 task force.last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2018, DD vs SRH Match Preview: Can Delhi Daredevils turn the tables on Sunrisers Hyderabad?

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The IPL storm is gathering momentum as the best of best flex their tricks of the trade match after match. As the heat beats down the field on the thirty third day, can Delhi Daredevils turn the tables on SunRisers Hyderabad is the question on many minds.In the match number 42 of the Indian Premier League, Delhi Daredevils will lock horns with SunRisers Hyderabad at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad is at the top of the Points table with eight wins and 16 points while Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Daredevils is at the bottom of the Standings with just three wins and six points.In the last encounter between these two teams, SunRisers Hyderabad outshined Delhi Daredevils and won the match by seven wickets. Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan became the Man of the Match.Despite change in the leadership, Delhi Daredevils could not manage to change their luck and performance as per the expectations of the management.Three out of four overseas picks, including Glenn Maxwell, Colin Munro and Jason Roy, have not contributed much for the squad.While SunRisers Hyderabad has been lucky with their skipper’s performance. Kane Williamson has contributed and stood by the team whenever required. SunRisers has 100 per cent record while defending totals.However, Delhi Daredevils has two in-form batsmen in their squad – Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant – who have contributed around 750 runs together in the matches played so far.Even Prithvi Shaw has played some of the finest innings in this season and impressed the senior management with his performance.Talking about the bowling side, Delhi has Trent Boult and Amit Mishra who are the leading wicket-takers in the squad whereas SunRisers Hyderabad has an excellent bowling line-up where every bowler has conceded good number of wickets.Match Predictions – On papers, SunRisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils has faced each other on 11 different occasions where Hyderabad coming out on top seven times and Delhi winnings just four games.Statistically, SunRisers will have a little edge over the Daredevils but if Delhi’s in-form batsmen performed well today, they have the capabilities to turn the result of the match in their way.It will be interesting to see whether SunRisers continue to rule at the top of the tables with one more win or Delhi fights to survive in the tournament. last_img read more