Indonesia records 973 new COVID-19 cases as East Java becomes new epicenter

first_imgCOVID-19 national task force chief Doni Monardo said Monday that the province had seen a 70 percent spike in weekly cases, while the number of occupied hospital beds in East Java was relatively higher than in other provinces. About 95 percent of hospital beds at Dr. Soetomo Hospital and 73.5 percent of hospital beds at Saiful Anwar Hospital in Malang were filled, he said.Topics : The Health Ministry announced 973 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with 502 of the cases located in East Java, which has emerged as the new epicenter of the outbreak in the country. The 502 new cases in East Java is the highest daily spike recorded by a province in Indonesia, even surpassing that of Jakarta.The province has the second-most number of cases in the country with 2,998 cases and 241 fatalities, leapfrogging West Java and behind only Jakarta.Read also: East Java, second hardest-hit province after Jakarta, struggles to control virus spreadExperts have criticized the lax large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) enforced by the province, which only imposed the PSBB in Surabaya and its two satellite regencies Sidoarjo and Gresik, as well as Malang city and neighboring Batu city and Malang regency. This is despite East Java having at least one confirmed case in all 38 cities and regencies.A recent online survey conducted by the alumni association of Airlangga University’s School of Public Health found that, even in areas that enacted the PSBB, places of worship, offices and factories mostly remained operational without health protocols.center_img “This is an extraordinary increase and the highest [one-day] increase so far,” the ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, said in a press conference on Thursday. “The largest [number of cases] is from East Java, taking the [nationwide] total to 20,162 cases.”He added that the total death toll had increased by 36 to 1,278.last_img read more

Insurance Department Alerts Consumers to Unlawful Practice of “Price Optimization” by Insurance Companies

first_img September 10, 2015 Insurance Department Alerts Consumers to Unlawful Practice of “Price Optimization” by Insurance Companies Government That Works, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller today in alerting consumers that the Insurance Department will continue to oppose a practice known in the industry as “price optimization”, in which sophisticated pricing tools are used to charge different premiums to policyholders who present essentially the same risk to the insurer, with the price differences based on whether or not a particular policyholder is likely to shop around for less expensive coverage.“My administration is working with Commissioner Miller to ensure that Pennsylvania consumers are protected from unlawful schemes like price optimization,” Governor Wolf said. “We will continue to promote these vital consumer protections laws across the Commonwealth.”So-called “price optimization” occurs when an insurer uses software and rating models to set insurance rates based in some way on how much a consumer or group of consumers may be willing to pay before they would shop around for a better price.“As part of Governor Wolf’s emphasis on consumer protection, I have notified insurers that I will not approve any such rates that violate state laws requiring all persons of the same class and the same hazard or risk to be charged the same premiums,” Commissioner Miller said. “In short, this practice takes advantage of a customer’s loyalty to a company.”State law dictates that the practice of charging different premiums to people who are statistically more likely to cost the insurer the same amount in claims and expenses is unfairly discriminatory. Commissioner Miller said that while the Insurance Department has not approved these premiums in the past, as part of Governor Wolf’s emphasis on transparency and consumer safety, her department is working hard to spread awareness about this prohibition statewide.Commissioner Miller recommends that customers, especially in the areas of homeowners and auto insurance, discuss premium increases with their agents. If the agent is not able to provide a satisfactory reason for any premium increase, consumers should shop around to see whether comparable coverage is available from another company at a better price. She noted that Pennsylvania has a competitive insurance market, with many options available to consumers. Any consumer who has questions about any aspect of insurance can contact the Insurance Department at, or by calling 1-877-881-6388.# # #center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Wins for Templederry& Sars complete County SF line up

first_imgBut Loughmore came back and went three points clear, 0-17 to 2-08.They conceded another two points, but held on, though it also took late heroics from goalkeeper Shane Nolan to ensure their passage to the semis. The first last eight clash in Thurles saw Kildangan overturn a six point lead against Mullinahone with a scoring spree that needed a late Eoin Kelly point to send the game to extra time.Kelly eventually scored 2-07 as the South champions won by a point, 3-17 to 3-16.On Sunday it was back to Semple Stadium and 5 points from Gearóid Ryan and 8 from his cousin, Adrian, helped Templederry Kenyons defeat Burgess by 0-24 to 0-17, despite Stephen Murray’s haul of 0-13 for Burgess.The final quarter-final was a tense affair, which finished 0-14 apiece between Thurles Sarsfields and Nenagh Éire Óg.The game went to extra-time, before Sarsfields eventually prevailed, by 0-20 to 0-19″. “Loughmore-Castleiney’s defence of the Dan Breen Cup continues, after they won their quarter-final on Saturday.Declan Laffan’s side edged a tight game with Clonoulty/Rossmore, winning by 0-17 to 2-10 at Semple Stadium.Timmy Hammersely & John O’ Neill scored the Clonoulty goals as they went in with a 2-05 to 0-10 lead at the break. last_img read more