The number of deaths among probable COVID-19 cases is higher than that of confirmed COVID-19 cases in most of Java, Indonesia’s most populated island, the World Health Organization has revealed.In its latest Indonesia Situation Report, the WHO showed that from June 22 to July 12, Jakarta reported 296 deaths of probable cases — formerly classified by the government as patients under surveillance (PDP) and people under observation (ODP) — or three times higher than the 87 deaths of confirmed cases.During the same period, East Java reported 699 PDP deaths and 64 ODP deaths, also higher than 491 deaths of COVID-19 patients in the province. Central Java and Banten, meanwhile, recorded 325 and 25 PDP deaths, respectively, while the number of deaths among COVID-19 patients in the respective regions was 276 and five. The Health Ministry only recently revised its guideline for COVID-19 handling and prevention and expanded the definition of COVID-19 deaths “for surveillance purposes” to include the deaths of probable cases.As of Friday, the official COVID-19 death toll made public by the Health Ministry stands at 3,957, the highest in Southeast Asia.East Java, currently the hardest-hit province, recorded the most COVID-19 fatalities with 1,338 deaths, followed by Jakarta with 719, Central Java with 285 and West Java with 188.Read also: WHO urges Indonesia to test more suspected patients amid high death rateHowever, data compiled by volunteer group Kawal COVID-19 shows over 8,000 PDPs and ODPs deaths nationwide as of Monday.Tempo magazine also reported that an internal COVID-19 task force database had shown 13,885 COVID-19-related deaths as of July 3.In its report, the WHO said it also expected an improvement in the diagnosis of suspected cases (PDPs and ODPs) as the ministry had adopted the updated WHO criteria on patient discharge in its revised national guidelines, which no longer require asymptomatic patients and patients with mild to moderate symptoms be tested negative twice.WHO noted that as of Wednesday, the daily number of swab samples tested for follow-up tests remained higher than the number of suspected cases tested.The UN health body added that on certain days, the number of samples tested was almost the same as the number of suspected cases tested, but it might not have been the situation due to timing issues related to a transition to the application of new data management.Indonesia has so far tested 2,532 people per million population, with the assumption of a national population of 270 million, according to the government’s data. Topics : “Deaths among patients under surveillance [PDP] have been substantially higher than the deaths among confirmed COVID-19 cases in most provinces in Java,” the WHO said, citing data reported by the six provinces.A Flourish chartJava, an island of some 141 million people, currently has almost 60 percent of the total COVID-19 cases in Indonesia, the WHO noted.The official tally of COVID-19 infection in the country stands at 83,130 nationwide as of Friday, 47,532 cases of which were recorded across the aforementioned six provinces of Java.Over the past months, volunteer groups crowdsourcing COVID-19-related data have revealed that deaths among PDP and ODP have indeed been higher than the deaths of COVID-19 positive cases, though the exact numbers have never been announced publicly by the government.
ONE News 1 Nov 2012Proposed changes to the child support scheme will cost taxpayers $91 million to implement, opponents say. The Child Support Amendment Bill was reported back to Parliament from a select committee yesterday. It aims to introduce a new formula for calculating child support payments where parents have separated. The new formula takes into account shared care arrangements, the income of both parents and the decreasing expenditure for raising a child as it gets older. Revenue Minister Peter Dunne introduced the changes because the assumptions of the current scheme were outdated and were based on the idea that the paying parent was the sole income earner. The Green Party said the new formula was complex, unfair and not transparent. ”The costs of administering the new system, estimated by officials to be approximately $91million, are substantial, and we are not convinced that these costs can be justified for the introduction of a flawed formula that does not maximise child well-being.” Several submitters said the amendment should explicitly promote the well-being of children as a core function of the law.…”The money paid by the liable parents does not directly benefit the child in any way,” the Greens said in their minority report accompanying the bill. Labour was also critical of the bill saying it was a ”lost opportunity”. ”The overall effect of this bill is to apportion a greater share of the cost of child-rearing to women. Many women would be worse off as a result of this legislation,” said Labour.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/new-child-support-scheme-flawed-opposition-5183887
A West Palm Beach man has been identified as one of three people who were killed in a fiery crash early Saturday on I-95 near Dania Beach, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The 25-year-old victim was riding in a sedan being driven by a 35-year-old Dania man, shortly before 3:30 a.m. They were heading south on I-95 north of Griffin Road where they approached a disabled SUV in the left and left-center lanes of the highway.FHP investigators said the sedan was unable to stop quickly enough and crashed into the SUV, which had been disabled in another crash. Both vehicles immediately caught on fire, killing both people in the sedan as well as a passenger in the SUV.The 26-year-old Fort Lauderdale woman who had been driving the SUV, and a 26-year-old Hallandale Beach man who was a passenger, had stepped outside the vehicle after the first crash. They were seriously injured in the second accident.However, a female passenger stayed inside and was killed in the second wreck.Authorities have not determined whether any of the five people was wearing a seat belt.The state’s crash report does not include the names, specific vehicle types or potential drug or alcohol use of any of the involved parties, which is a change in the department’s policy as to what it publicly discloses about crashes.Our vision for A Safer Florida remains, and that includes the continued protection of crime victims. pic.twitter.com/UEcT8t8yXt— FLHSMV (@FLHSMV) April 24, 2020 The FHP cited a Florida constitutional amendment approved in November 2018 and modeled after the national Marsy’s Law victims’ rights movement. That law allows victims or their families to withhold names from public reports.In a statement released on Friday, the agency said Florida’s constitution “protects victims of crimes from the release of information that could be used to locate or harass the victim of a crime.”