Jokowi expressed his disappointment about a report by the COVID-19 task force that 70 percent of residents were still disobeying health protocols, such as failing to wear masks in public.Jokowi stressed the importance of controlling the disease’s transmission within Surabaya and its satellite regencies of Sidoarjo and Gresik.Based on a Wednesday report by the East Java COVID-19 task force, Surabaya has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the province with 4,962 cases, followed by the regencies of Sidoarjo and Gresik with 1,287 and 534 cases, respectively.Read also: Surabaya urged to reimpose PSBB as infection rates soar“Surabaya can’t control this outbreak alone. Gresik, Sidoarjo and other cities should also be involved in one [unified] system of management because the mobility of people is not limited to Surabaya.”The President suggested that governors and mayors refer to scientific data prior to making COVID-19 policies. “Ask for opinions from scientists, epidemiologists and other experts. Don’t make policies without consulting experts.”Despite the province’s continuing struggle to control the virus, East Java ended large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Greater Surabaya on June 8 and began a “new normal” phase. (trn)Topics : The President urged COVID-19 task forces at the provincial, regency and municipal levels to cooperate and coordinate to contain the spread of the disease in the region.On Thursday, 247 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in East Java, bringing the total official case tally to 10,545. The province is now slightly behind Jakarta, which has recorded a total of 10,600 cases.Read also: Banjarmasin, Surabaya record highest COVID-19 mortality ratesJokowi said East Java was currently recording the highest daily numbers of new COVID-19 cases of any province in the nation. “However, what keeps us optimistic is the fact that the region also has a good recovery rate, at 31 percent.” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has urged the East Java administration to decrease the rate of COVID-19 transmission in the region within two weeks.On Thursday, Jokowi visited Surabaya and other cities in East Java, which has become the country’s COVID-19 epicenter after Jakarta. It is his first regional working visit as the government transitions into the so-called new normal period.“I demand integrated and serious controls from all institutions in the region […] so we can handle and lower the number of confirmed cases […] within two weeks,” the President said during a visit to the East Java COVID-19 task force headquarters in the Grahadi building in Surabaya.
Phil HaighWednesday 30 Oct 2019 7:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link91Shares Comment Advertisement Granit Xhaka is getting help from the club after his public spat with fans (Picture: Rex Features)Granit Xhaka will be offered counselling by Arsenal as they are concerned for his mental well-being after his outburst against fans on Sunday.The Swiss midfielder was booed off the field by Arsenal fans as he was substituted during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in the Premier League and responded angrily to the supporters’ taunts.The Gunners captain threw his hands in the air, cupped his ear, was seen saying ‘f**k off’ before removing his shirt and storming down the tunnel.Arsenal manager Unai Emery described the 27-year-old as ‘devastated’ by the situation and reports have emerged that the club will offer him counselling to help him through the tough time.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He trained normally with the group but he is devastated,’ said Emery on Tuesday. ‘He is sad about that situation,‘His commitment is great every time. He wants to help.‘His behaviour was perfect in training, with the group and club. Really he knows he was wrong.‘He feels inside, very deep. It’s normal as a human. Every player needs the supporters’ support.’ Advertisement Xhaka has not commented since the substitution (Picture Rex)Emery had called for Xhaka to apologise for his actions immediately after the game at the Emirates, saying: ‘Yes [he should apologise]. We make mistakes, we need to apologise and we suggested for him to do that.‘Really, he knows he was wrong and he feels inside very deep.’However, there has been no public apology forthcoming as yet, but the Spaniard is remaining patient with his player, insisting that he is focussed on Xhaka’s mental health before needing to hear him say sorry.‘I don’t need his apology,’ continued Emery. ‘Because I know he is devastated, we can speak about all the situation but first it’s him.‘He is now very down and we need to support him.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘My ideal future is to watch again Xhaka playing and every supporter supporting him. I don’t know if I can or will achieve it but this is my ideal.‘Also for him it’s the same but also I think we need now to be calm step by step so we can progress.’Xhaka will not play on Wednesday night in the EFL Cup clash with Liverpool at Anfield, although a number of first team players were always going to be rested for that match.MORE: Every word Unai Emery said about Granit Xhaka, the Arsenal captaincy & Mesut Ozil before Liverpool clashMORE: Unai Emery reveals how Arsenal chief Josh Kroenke reacted to shocking Granit Xhaka outburst Arsenal to offer Granit Xhaka counselling after ‘devastating’ clash with fans against Crystal Palace
Chuck Chronis surveys the crowd at Chronis’ Restaurant’s free Thanksgiving meal Thursday. There was a VIP waiting list Thursday to get into Chronis’ Restaurant & Lounge for the eatery’s 29th annual Thanksgiving feast offered at no charge to the community.The venerable downtown establishment on Main Street welcomes anyone who wants to eat, many who are low income or don’t have family nearby to celebrate the holiday with. But that’s not the case for those who want one of the coveted volunteer positions on “Team Turkey.” The team of about a dozen volunteers dish up turkey and stuffing or deliver piping-hot beverages and tempting desserts to tables.Joining that elite group isn’t easy.“It’s like getting into a great country club,” quipped volunteer Tiffany Kelly of Vancouver. “It’s like somebody has to die or something to get in.”Chuck Chronis, the restaurant’s owner, said he turned away at least 50 people who wanted to serve food at the restaurant on Thanksgiving.“If we don’t limit the number of volunteers inside, people are tripping over each other,” said Clark County Judge Rich Melnick, who has organized the annual feast with Chronis for the past 29 years. The food is donated by the restaurant and other community donors.Volunteer Kim Nigg snagged a position this year by pure luck when a slot opened up last minute.“That’s amazing,” volunteer Mickey Thompson Giese commented dryly as she hurried a plate over to a table. “It usually takes 10 years (to be allowed to volunteer).”