East Java prepares 120 more isolation wards to anticipate COVID-19 outbreak

first_imgThe East Java administration has prepared 120 new isolation wards to add to the existing facilities in 44 referral hospitals in the province in anticipation of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.Twenty of the new isolation wards are in Soetomo Public Hospital and 100 others in the new building of the Menur Mental Hospital, both in the provincial capital of Surabaya, East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa said.“This [the additional wards] is aimed at heartening the people so that they won’t feel worried,” Khofifah told reporters on Monday. East Java’s task force for COVID-19 mitigation had formed a mobile team comprising 30 physicians with expertise in communicable diseases who were ready to give medical assistance for coronavirus-related cases in hospitals that lacked qualified medical workers, she said.With the team’s establishment, Khofifah said he hoped the 44 referral hospitals would be able to function better in handling COVID-19 cases.As of Tuesday, Indonesia recorded 172 confirmed COVID-19 cases, five of which turned fatal. The cases were recorded in several provinces, including Jakarta, East Java, West Java, Central Java and Bali.Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention director general Achmad Yurianto said on Tuesday the ministry found six confirmed cases reported by Airlangga University Hospital in Surabaya, East Java. Read also: Regions close schools, cancel public events because of COVID-19Khofifah said that as of Monday evening, at least 18 people in the region were under monitoring while six other people have been suspected of having been infected by the coronavirus.Earlier on Sunday, Khofifah instructed school authorities to suspend activities for the next two weeks starting on Monday. The governor also ordered local administrations in the province to implement social distancing measures that included restrictions against mass gatherings.The East Java administration previously announced that two of seven people who had been in contact with a COVID-19 patient who died at a Surakarta public hospital in Central Java last week had been sent to isolation wards in two different hospitals. The two people were the late patient’s wife, who was admitted to Mediun Soedono Public Hospital, and their son, who was admitted to Malang Saiful Anwar Public Hospital.The sample tests of the mother and son came out negative for COVID-19, Khofifah said. (syk)Topics :last_img read more

Irish pension fund liabilities rise 15%, offsetting 9% asset growth

first_imgPension funds in Ireland saw their assets rise by 9% on average in the first half of this year on the back of bond price rises, but liability values rose by around 15%, according to consultancy Mercer. Sean O’Donovan, head of DB risk at the firm, said: “Global equities saw strong growth over the period.  “The majority of outperformance can also be attributed to falls in bond yields, which have seen fixed income assets increase in value by more than 10%.”However, the same market dynamic expanded pension fund liabilities. Because falls in government bond yields were echoed by corporate bonds – which companies refer to when valuing pension liabilities – pension fund liabilities rose by around 15% in the six months to the end of June, Mercer said.It said this had more than offset the gains made on scheme assets, with accounting deficits climbing to €7.6bn from €5.4bn.In 2013, deficits narrowed by €1.8bn.Mercer said employers and trustees wanted to capitalise on the big recovery in equity markets, but the problem was where to invest these assets, with bond yields now at historic lows.“More and more clients are looking for a half-way house between equities and long-dated bonds to capture equity gains until such time as bond yields hopefully increase”, O’Donovan said.last_img read more

Super Nationals pre-registration deadline is noon on Friday, Sept. 1

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – Pre-registration deadline for the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nation­als fueled by Casey’s will be at noon CST on Friday, Sept. 1.“Drivers in all divisions racing at Super Nationals can call the home office (319 472-2201) to regis­ter early and save $20. Modified, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod drivers also make themselves eligible to race in the Sept. 2 Prelude at Boone Speedway,” said IMCA Presi­dent Brett Root. “I encourage all drivers who are planning to race at Super Nationals to pre-regis­ter if they have not done so already.”More than 700 early entries are now in hand for the Sept. 4-9 Super Nationals. The updated list of pre-entries will be posted on the IMCA website prior to the event.last_img