Indonesia records unprecedented daily spike in COVID-19 cases as ‘new normal’ commences

first_imgThe Indonesian Health Ministry confirmed 993 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the highest single-day increase in the official count to date. The data arrived as the government began to loosen social restrictions under the so-called “new normal” policy.National COVID-19 task force spokesman Achmad Yurianto said 286 new cases had been recorded in East Java, the country’s new COVID-19 epicenter. Earlier, authorities declared the provincial capital of Surabaya a “black zone” because more than 3,000 cases had been confirmed in the city.Jakarta – the previous outbreak epicenter – recorded 104 new cases on Saturday. “Based on our analysis of the latest data, the cases were discovered through aggressive contact tracing of infected individuals in addition to waves of Indonesian migrant workers returning to the country through Soekarno-Hatta International Airport [in Tangerang, Banten],” Yurianto said during a press briefing on Saturday.Read also: Experts warn of turbulent ‘new normal’ amid COVID-19 data, testing issuesThe rise in cases came as the central government and several regional administrations began to ease restrictions to allow business to resume.Jakarta was one such region. Governor Anies Baswedan announced on Wednesday that the capital would enter a transitional phase to gradually ease restrictions in several sectors. The plan included reopening houses of worship and increasing the operation of public transportation. Jakarta began its transition on Friday. Muslims in the capital were able to perform congregational Friday prayers in mosques.Yurianto said 17 provinces had reported fewer than 10 new cases on Saturday, while six others had reported no additional cases.National COVID-19 task force head Doni Monardo said earlier that restrictions would be eased only in regencies and municipalities that had zero new COVID-19 cases.As of Saturday, 30,514 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in the country, with 1,801 deaths and 9,907 recoveries.Topics :last_img read more

Just what the doctor ordered

first_imgA render showing the view from the top of Skyhomes TaringaIf the views are enough to take your breath away, you are in luck. The Westside Private Hospital will be just a few floors down.Skyhomes Taringa, which is being developed by Evans Long, will be constructed on the top two floors of the new Montserrat Healthcare facility currently under construction on Morrow Street.Skyhomes Taringa“The development provides a unique opportunity to have a hotel, childcare facility, day hospital and cafe on your doorstep,” Dirk Long of Evans Long said.“In addition to the facilities, the property is located adjacent to the Taringa railway station allowing easy access to the CBD, Suncorp Stadium and the airport.” Seven double-storey residences will be built across the two floors, with prices starting from $1.6 million.The project will be launched to the market this month, with six residences for sale.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“The Skyhomes were driven by the mixed- used nature of the site and the height that we were able to achieve in this precinct,” Mr Long said. “The city and mountain views inspired us to create a product that has not been seen in the western suburbs.“The architects were briefed to create a warm and sophisticated space that took full advantage of the city, river and mountain views. A degree of flexibility was built in to create spaces that could be used for a variety of uses as well as catering for ground floor bedrooms now or in the future if desired.”Skyhomes Taringa.Ray White Toowong agent Kris Matthews, who is marketing the project, said larger and more opulent apartments were proving popular with buyers.“Apartments that fill the void between large family homes and your standard size two and three bedroom apartments seem to be the most desired right now, and this is being reflected in the interest and prices achieved,” he said.“Due to the lack of quality, expansive higher- end apartments in Brisbane, buyers are willing to pay top dollar for such properties.”Mr Matthews said Skyhomes Taringa would be most popular with downsizers who wanted to remain in the local area but still have enough space for visitors.“They will want a downsizing opportunity that … doesn’t necessarily feel like your typical apartment,” Mr Matthews said.last_img read more