Public health key to Indonesia’s economic recovery, Jokowi says

first_img“Let’s not restart the economy before we have properly handled this COVID-19 issue,” Jokowi added.Read also: Medics dying, infections soaring — it’s still the economy?The President’s statement came as an about-face following a number of government policies that sought to expedite the reopening of the country’s business sector and other public activities despite lingering virus fears.In May, for instance, the Transportation Ministry caught flak for allowing public transportation services to resume even as the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) ban remained in effect due to COVID-19 concerns.Last month, the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry decided to postpone its initial plans to reopen several top tourist destinations in the country, including Bali, as the pandemic continued unabated.Meanwhile, in Jakarta, the number of COVID-19 cases has continued to soar following its decision to ease previously imposed restrictions as the capital, Indonesia’s financial hub and an engine of growth for the economy, gradually reopened the economy and businesses under health protocols beginning early June.The Health Ministry announced 3,444 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 194,109.The latest daily figures continue the upward COVID-19 trend in the archipelago, which began spiking in early August with health authorities confirming thousands of new cases every day. According to data released by the ministry on Sunday, 85 more people have died of the disease, bringing the death toll to 8,025.Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has reminded his aides to prioritize health and COVID-19 mitigation to ensure the survival of all facets of the nation’s development, including the country’s economy, which has been battered by the global pandemic.Health is key to economic recovery, Jokowi said.“Good health will lead to a good economy,” the President said during a meeting with his Cabinet members. “Our number one focus is health and COVID-19 mitigation.”He called on the national COVID-19 and economic recovery committee, as well as other related authorities, to put pandemic mitigation above all else, saying that economic recovery could only begin once public health has been restored.The President also warned about the possibility of the upcoming regional elections – set to take place on Dec. 9 – creating new COVID-19 infection clusters, urging the Home Ministry to take the necessary precautions to anticipate and prevent health hazards during the major political event.Furthermore, Jokowi called on the Health Ministry to devise a comprehensive testing plan so that every region across the archipelago could gain access to equal testing.last_img read more

Arsenal’s decision to sign Denis Suarez slammed by former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood

first_imgAdvertisement Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood (Picture: Getty)‘They needed a defender, they need to go all-out for a centre-half but they didn’t bring one in.’Arsenal legend David Seaman echoed Sherwood’s comments in an interview with talkSPORT last month.‘We don’t need midfielders, we need defenders,’ the former England goalkeeper said.‘We’ve got big injuries to quite a few of them already, we need good defenders coming in. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 6 Feb 2019 11:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link772Shares Guardiola claims title race is still open after beating Arsenal 3-1To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:15FullscreenGuardiola claims title race is still open after beating Arsenal 3-1https://metro.co.uk/video/guardiola-claims-title-race-open-beating-arsenal-3-1-1855690/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Emery knows him [Suarez] and likes what he sees, but for me we’re crying out for defenders.‘We’re great going forward, but what’s happening with the defence? It’s just not got any better all season. At the moment it’s not working. It’s frustrating.’Arsenal slipped out of the top four last weekend after losing to City and seeing Chelsea and Manchester United both win.The Gunners travel to bottom-placed Huddersfield Town this weekend.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Arsenal’s decision to sign Denis Suarez slammed by former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwoodcenter_img Comment Arsenal signed Denis Suarez on loan from Barcelona (Picture: Getty)Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has slammed Arsenal’s decision to sign Denis Suarez during the January transfer window.Spanish midfielder Suarez has joined the Gunners on loan until the end of the season, with a view to making his switch permanent in the summer.The 25-year-old made his debut for Arsenal on Sunday as a second-half substitute in the 3-1 defeat to defending Premier League champions Manchester City.But Sherwood says Suarez was exactly the player the Gunners ‘did not need’ in January and has criticised Arsenal’s transfer policy.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityHe told Sky Sports: ‘[Arsenal’s] best assets are the ones they brought in.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘They paid top dollar for [Alexandre] Lacazette, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, [Lucas] Torreira, [Matteo] Guendouzi but where are the academy players at Arsenal?‘They used to bring them through, used to give them an opportunity to play. They don’t even play now, we don’t see them. They’re all loaned out.‘I just think there is no long-term plan. There is no short-term plan there certainly. If there was one player they didn’t need it was Denis Suarez. Advertisementlast_img read more