Luhut decides against Greater Jakarta’s calls for halt to Commuter Line during PSBB

first_img“Minister Luhut has received reports that the majority of commuter train passengers are workers. We don’t want those who work in the health sector affected if its operation is halted,” Jodi said in a statement on Friday.The health sector is among the eight sectors deemed “essential” and thus still permitted to operate while the PSBB is in effect. Other essential sectors include the retail food and services sector, energy, logistics and communications.Read also: Satellite cities demand that commuter trains stop running during PSBBJodi said that the office of the coordinating minister was concerned that halting the Commuter Line service that connected Jakarta and its satellite cities would only create new problems. The government has decided to allow the Commuter Line rail service to continue operating during the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Greater Jakarta (Jabodetabek).Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, who is also acting transportation minister, has taken the decision despite growing calls from all regional administrations to temporarily halt the service to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 transmission.Media spokesman Jodi Mahardi of Luhut’s office said that the Commuter Line would still operate, but with a restricted schedule and reduced passenger capacity. Topics :center_img He added that Luhut had called on the regional administrations of Greater Jakarta to restrict public activities to ensure that the PSBB policy ran effectively during its 14-day period.“The [PSBB] regulations must serve as the [legal] grounds for supervising and taking actions against companies that violate the PSBB,” Jodi said.Read also: COVID-19: Confusion in Jakarta on first workday under partial lockdownSome regional heads have called for the suspension of the Commuter Line while the PSBB was in effect, as passengers were still crowding Commuter Line stations to travel to the capital for work.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, Bogor Regent Ade Yasin, Bekasi Regent Eka Supria Atmaja, Bekasi Mayor Rahmat Effendy and Bogor Deputy Mayor Dedie A. Rachim had all called on the central government and state-owned train operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI), which runs the Commuter Line, to temporarily halt the commuter rail service.  Regent Ade even alleged that the majority of Bogor residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 had contracted the virus aboard the Commuter Line.She also cited data from the Bogor COVID-19 task force that the “red zones” of COVID-19 transmission in districts such as Cibinong and Bojonggede were located near railway stations.“We beseech the central government to listen to our aspirations, as we only want this for the sake of breaking the chain of COVID-19 transmission,” she said as quoted by tempo.co on Friday.last_img read more

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4D ultrasound shows what smoking does to an unborn baby

first_imgNZ Herald 24 March 2015A new study appears to shed more light on the harmful effects of smoking while pregnant using 4D ultrasound scans to detect the tiny movements made by foetus in the womb.By monitoring the growing babies, scientists believe that they can flag potential problems by examining the minute movements foetuses make in the womb.It is hoped that the research can be used to encourage more mothers to give up the habit while pregnant.Dr Nadja Reissland studied the moving 4D ultrasound scans of 20 expectant mothers, four of whom were smokers, recording thousands of tiny movements as they foetuses developed at 24, 28, 32 and 36 weeks.Her study, conducted at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, found that the unborn babies of the four smoking mothers touched their faces more frequently.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11422111last_img read more

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Swansea’s Premier League survival could be confirmed this lunchtime

first_imgReading and Fulham will resume their Championship play-off semi-final at 1-all in Tuesday’s second leg – after a draw in the first tie at Craven Cottage.Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday continue their bid to make the Premier League today. Arsenal kept up the pressure with a 4-1 win at Stoke, but manager Arsene Wenger isn’t sure if they can make the Champions League places. Swansea’s Premier League survival could be confirmed this lunchtime – after Paul Clement’s side won 2-nil at Sunderland yesterday.If Hull lose at Crystal Palace in today’s early match, Marco Silva’s men will be relegated to the Championship instead.Manchester City’s bid for the top four’s looking good after beating last season’s champions Leicester 2-1.last_img read more

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