The ship is currently being quarantined about 2 nautical miles off Makassar’s Soekarno-Hatta Port. People on board the ship have yet to embark.“The swab tests were conducted on board the ship, with KM Lambelu to sail to the port and return to its quarantine position once the tests are done,” Ichsan said.Read also: Concerns rise over importing COVID-19 as hundreds of Indonesian crewmen come homeIchsan added that the crew members who tested positive were isolated on the ship, under tight monitoring by health authorities who also provided the crewmen with masks, medicines and hand sanitizer. The crew members were also given food supplies.“No one disembarked from the ship, regardless of whether they tested positive or negative. They are isolated onboard so residents of [Makassar] should not worry about it,” he said.On Sunday, South Sulawesi recorded 18 new cases of COVID-19, excluding those on KM Lambelu, bringing the tally of new cases to 44 in the province.At least 222 people have so far tested positive in South Sulawesi, which had also reported 16 fatalities linked to the contagious virus as of Sunday. Thirty people have recovered, while 382 people are currently patients under surveillance (PDP).Of the 382 PDP, 125 have recovered and 30 have died. The province has 2,672 people under monitoring (ODP) suspected of having been infected by the virus.According to the government’s official count as of Sunday, the number of infected people in Indonesia has reached 4,241, with 373 fatalities recorded nationwide. (asp)Topics : The second wave of the swab tests was scheduled for Monday, in which 99 other crew members of the vessel, owned by state ship operator PT Pelni, were set to be examined.The ship arrived in Makassar on Friday after sailing from Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara, with 141 people on board. KM Lambelu had carried a total of 238 passengers and it was not allowed to dock at Lorens Say Port in Maumere last week by Sikka regent Fransiskus Roberto Diogo, as three people on board the vessel had reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus.Health authorities in Sikka regency took all the passengers into quarantine on Tuesday and conducted rapid tests. The ship then headed to Makassar as some passengers had tested positive. The South Sulawesi Health Agency confirmed on Sunday that 26 out of 42 crew members of KM Lambelu had tested positive for COVID-19 after undertaking swab tests in the provincial capital of Makassar.The health agency’s head, Ichsan Mustari, announced the test results through a video conference on Sunday evening.“From the first stage of swab testing conducted for the 42 crew members being quarantined off the coast of Makassar, the result shows that 26 people are positive while the remaining 16 are negative,” he said.
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South Korea has the world’s lowest birth rate, according to a United Nations report released on Tuesday, as women in Asia’s fourth-largest economy struggle to achieve a balance between work and other life demands.The annual report by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) found the fertility rate per woman in South Korea was only 1.1, the lowest among 201 countries surveyed.”Even as women have gained equality in access to education and work, decisions on having more children are constrained by their ‘second shift’ in taking care of children and managing households,” said Won Do-yeon, chief of the UNFPA’s Seoul office, in an email interview with Reuters. Topics : Crimes involving dating violence and spy cams have led thousands of women in South Korea to protest in recent years, calling for stricter penalties and enforcement of laws.”A strong civil society and women’s groups are critical to addressing the emerging forms of violence,” Won said.Other countries with a low birth rate included Bosnia and Herzegovina and Singapore at 1.2, and Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Portugal at 1.3. Reversing the decline in fertility will require wider institutional reform consisting of policies to empower women, as well as the greater involvement and support of men, he said.The UN report, which looked at practices that harm women and girls and undermine equality, featured a group of South Korean female activists who fought to curb a deep-rooted preference for son in the 1980s.In 1994, 115.4 boys were born in the country for every 100 girls, but the ratio has dropped to 105.6, around a natural level, it said.However, women in the country still face more domestic responsibilities, a glass ceiling at workplaces and new forms of gender-based violence including online sexual abuse, the report said.
On the evening Arsenal FC may not have done too well against table topping Chelsea FC but in Lagos the tables turned as the creme de la creme were introduced to what Chairman, MTN Nigeria, Paschal Dozie called ‘a relationship that has come to stay’.It was the formal launch of the partnership between one of the greatest club sides in world football, Arsenal FC and MTN Nigeria, the nation’s largest Telecom’s service provider last Saturday.It was not an event for usual suspects but there was Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Chelsea Great, Celestine Babayaro and who else but arguably Africa’s most decorated footballer alongside Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o, Nwankwo Kanu. He was there with his younger sibling, Ogbonna, and what an evening it turned to be.From Corporate Nigeria, Chief Executive officer of the Nigeria Stock Exchange, Oscar Onyeama led a pack that included MD Metropolitan Motors, Olutoyin Okeowo, Beat FM boss, Chris Ubosi, Lagos socialite, Gabby Yadua not to mention MTN directors, Tunde Folawiyo and Gbenga Oyebode.Both sides presented heavyweights at the occasion held at the highbrow IMAX cinema in Lekki Phase 1.MTN had Chief Operating Officer, Muhammad Ziaullah Siddiqui in attendance alongside GM, Marketing, Richard Iweanoge, while the Gunners team was led by its Chief of Head Partner Services., Gordon Tannock.Tannock was to set the ball rolling by assuring Nigerians that the deal is a win-win situation for coaches, subscribers and the generality of Nigerians.Coaching clinics, that may even bring legendary Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger to Nigeria, exclusive assess to players of Arsenal for subscribers, trips to watch top EPL games are already in the pipeline.Tannock reiterated Arsenal desire to partner with MTN and indeed Nigerian football for greater heights.MTN Nigeria Chairman, Paschal Dozie, said the deal was totally aimed at Nigerian football and it’s huge fan base with Arsenal. “We shall ensure that this partnership benefits not only our subscribers but most importantly footballers as Arsenal has already set in place necessary mechanism to churn out talents from the Nigerian football system”. The deal he said will replace stars of the likes of Nwankwo Kanu, Alex Iwobi, Chuba Akpom in the Gunners. “You can see what the little lad Chinedu Nwakali is already doing with Arsenal, that’s part of the benefits that Nigerians will see soon with this partnership.Iweanoge on his part said the mere fact that top Arsenal officials were in the country to concretise the deal is a sign of the best things that are coming in the way of Nigerian football.Kanu in his usual jovial self, said he wished he was on the pitch once again to embarrass Chelsea, as he did in the heroic 3-2 comeback win against their London rivals to which Babayaro, who also featured in the said game countered that all that was in the past.Subscribers were advised to visit MTN site to avail themselves of the huge benefits that the deal has for them both locally and internationally.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram