October 19

Bali’s Denpasar to impose COVID-19 restrictions that keep businesses running

first_imgSince last month, the city administration has required all traditional markets, grocery stores, shopping centers and all businesses to run only until 9 p.m. at the latest. Authorities have conducted inspections to monitor compliance with the policy.”Without the PKM we could so far only urge people [to obey], but without sanctions. Now [under the PKM], we are able to sanction those who ignore the measures,” Dewa said, adding that the sanctions varied starting from only a reprimand to the withdrawal of operation permits.While the restrictions are in place, restaurants have been urged to maximize takeouts. “They should reduce the seat capacity to implement physical distancing. So, we urge them to prioritize takeaway,” he said.Students and civil servants will continue to study and work from home. Citizens are required to wear masks while going outside. Authorities previously would give free masks to those found not wearing one while out in public. However, Dewa said, under the PKM, the violators would just be told to return home.Denpasar will also tighten supervision at the city’s entry points and only allow outsiders to enter the area for important reasons. Authorities are set to conduct random COVID-19 rapid tests in the borders.Read also: Bali puts entire village on lockdown after hundreds tested in Bangli regency”Those who seek to enter the city for unnecessary reasons will be denied entry to Denpasar,” Dewa said.The city administration decided to implement the PKM after they found out that many COVID-19 cases in Denpasar involved those who had returned to the city from outside. For instance, Dewa said, a family was infected after the father had come back to the city from their hometown in Buleleng in North Bali.”We hope Denpasar residents understand that the PKM should be implemented to protect all people,” he said. “The faster we can address [the pandemic], the faster we can live normally.”Bali Governor Wayan Koster has warmly welcomed Denpasar Mayor Ida Bagus Rai Mantra’s plan to implement the restrictions. He suggested that all regencies across the resort island, especially those with surging numbers of coronavirus cases, follow suit.As of Wednesday afternoon, Bali has confirmed 332 COVID-19 cases and four fatalities linked to the disease. Out of the total number of infections, 126 are local transmissions while the majority are still imported cases.In Denpasar alone, health authorities have recorded 62 coronavirus cases with two fatalities. At last 47 people have recovered from the disease, while 13 are under treatment at hospitals.Topics : The city administration opted to impose community activity restrictions rather than the generally favored large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) as they wanted to keep the local economy running, said Dewa Gede Rai, the spokesperson of Denpasar’s COVID-19 task force.“Under the PKM, people don’t have to close their businesses. All economic activity keeps running with several conditions imposed,” Dewa told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.The new policy allows all businesses, including warung (sidewalk shops), restaurants, malls, traditional markets and grocery stores, to keep operating and other social activities to keep running normally. However, Dewa said, all of them should strictly implement health protocols and comply with the limited operating hours.Read also: Bali relies on local customs in facing COVID-19 outbreak: Governor Denpasar city on the resort island of Bali is set to impose its own kind of mobility restrictions starting Friday in an effort to clamp down on the transmission of the coronavirus.The curbs, officially called restrictions of community activities (PKM), aim to limit people’s daily activities, make masks mandatory in public, tighten security at all of the city’s entry points and enforce a policy of physical distancing.Though most of the measures have been in place over the past two months, the new restrictions will officially be stipulated in a Denpasar mayoral regulation and coupled with sanctions.last_img read more

September 26

Polio-like disease emerges in US

first_img Sharing is caring! Share HealthLifestyle Polio-like disease emerges in US by: – February 24, 2014 Share Tweetcenter_img 27 Views   no discussions Share US doctors are warning of an emerging polio-like disease in California where up to 20 people have been infected.A meeting of the American Academy of Neurology heard that some patients had developed paralysis in all four limbs, which had not improved with treatment.The US is polio-free, but related viruses can also attack the nervous system leading to paralysis.Doctors say they do not expect an epidemic of the polio-like virus and that the infection remains rare.Polio is a dangerous and feared childhood infection. The virus rapidly invades the nervous system and causes paralysis in one in 200 cases. It can be fatal if it stops the lungs from working.Global vaccination programmes mean polio is endemic in just three countries – Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.Polio-likeThere have been 20 suspected cases of the new infection, mostly in children, in the past 18 months,A detailed analysis of five cases showed enterovirus-68 – which is related to poliovirus – could be to blame.In those cases all the children had been vaccinated against polio.Symptoms have ranged from restricted movement in one limb to severe weakness in both legs and arms.Dr Emanuelle Waubant, a neurologist at the University of California, San Francisco, told the BBC: “There has been no obvious increase in the pace of new cases so we don’t think we’re about to experience an epidemic, that’s the good news.“But it’s bad news for individuals unlucky enough to develop symptoms which tend to be moderate to severe and don’t appear to improve too much despite reasonably aggressive treatment.”‘Emerging infection’The cases have been spread over a 100-mile diameter (160km) so the research team do not think the virus represents a single cluster or outbreak.However, many more people could have been infected without developing serious symptoms – as was the case with polio.Dr Waubant suspects similar cases in Asia could explain why California is affected, but not the rest of the US.Fellow researcher Dr Keith Van Haren, from Stanford University, said the cases “highlight the possibility of an emerging infectious polio-like syndrome” in California.He added: “We would like to stress that this syndrome appears to be very, very rare. Any time a parent sees symptoms of paralysis in a child, the child should be seen by a doctor right away.”Commenting on the findings, Jonathan Ball, a professor of virology at the University of Nottingham, told the BBC: “Since the near-eradication of poliovirus, other enteroviruses have been associated with paralysis, but these viruses usually cause a very mild cold-like illness and severe complications are very rare.“Two children showed evidence of being infected by a strain of virus called enterovirus-68, which has become strongly associated with outbreaks of respiratory illness.“Whether or not this strain of enterovirus has caused these or other cases of paralysis is possible but remains conjecture, further studies will be needed to determine this.”By James GallagherHealth and science reporter, BBC Newslast_img read more