Chinese workers in North Sumatra test negative for COVID-19 after 14-days of quarantine

first_imgFive Chinese workers at the Lau Bilang hydropower plant (PLTA) in Kandibata village of Karo regency, North Sumatra, have tested negative for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) after undergoing a 14-day quarantine at the power project site.The five workers – consisting of one woman identified only as GZ and four men with the initials TY, GL, HD and YH – have been allowed to interact with their colleagues at the project site after they were declared healthy.Karo Health Agency head Irna Syafrina Meliala said the five Chinese nationals ended their observation period on Sunday after they showed no symptoms of COVID-19 infection during the 14-day quarantine period. The project management put a barrier line in front of their rooms to prevent other workers from approaching them. Their food was brought by same personnel every day, in order to minimize the possibility of COVID-19 spreading.Officials of the Karo Health Agency had visited the project site when the five workers were put in the quarantine area, as reported by tribunnews.com. The agency’s officials said the five workers did not experience fever or any other symptoms of the disease, either upon arrival at the airport or during the quarantine.Irna suggested members of the general public be alert and maintain healthy lifestyles, as well as cleanliness.COVID-19 has killed nearly 2,000 people, including five outside of mainland China, AFP reported. It has also infected more than 70,000 people globally since it first emerged in Wuhan, China, in late December. (syk)Topics : “The five Chinese workers showed no symptoms of being infected by the coronavirus, which includes fever, shortness of breath and coughing. They are healthy,” Irna told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, adding that they were allowed to get back to work.Read also: Five Chinese workers isolated at N. Sumatra project site after returning from ChinaShe added that the Chinese nationals were previously quarantined not because they tested positive for the infection, but because they had just returned from celebrating the Lunar New Year on Jan. 25 in their home country.The five workers went to China prior to the holiday and returned to Karo on Feb. 3. They immediately went into self-imposed quarantine in their respective rooms – in line with the procedures set by the Health Ministry.last_img read more

Virat Kohli promises sterner test for England after Australia series

first_imgIndia skipper Virat Kohli said England will find India tougher opponents after a successful series against Australia, who slumped to a 34-year-old low in the ODI rankings.India will play England in three T20Is starting July 3, three ODIs starting July 12 and five Tests starting August 1.Last month, England whitewashed Australia 5-0 in the ODI series before winning the only T20 International against the visitors. Australia, were of course, without the services of the banned duo Steve Smith and David Warner besides all their first choice bowlers including Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc.India, on the other hand, have been dominant across formats for the last two years. When England last toured India, the hosts won the Test series and rounded up victories in the ODI and T20I series.India in England: Krunal, Chahar included in limited-overs squadsMore significantly, India have become stronger and have ironed out their flaws in other areas – they now have options in the middle-order and two lethal wrist arm spinners, who troubled South Africa in their own den as India cruised to a 5-1 victory in the ODI series.Understandably then, Kohli feels India will be far more challenging than an Australian team clearly at its weakest.”We definitely are,” Kohli said a reporter asked if India were stronger than Australia. “We believe in our abilities, and we obviously have a lot of Twenty20 experience.Harbhajan, Azharuddin raise serious questions on Yo-Yo test”We’ve just come off the IPL (Indian Premier League) and a couple of games against Ireland as well — where the team has looked great.”Kohli, who scored 455 runs in 11 limited overs matches in the 2017-18 season, expects a confident England to burst out of the blocks.advertisement”We expect England to come hard at us, and we certainly want to play some positive and hard-fought cricket,” said Kohli. “It’s going to be an exciting series, and we believe we have the side to put up a great fight — and if we win the crucial moments then anything can happen.”India, will however, look to make more of an impact in the Test series. In 2014, they lost the five-match series 1-3 after taking a 1-0 lead at Lord’s. Kohli, who was a far cry from the outstanding batsman he is today, managed only 134 runs in the Test series.However, the 29-year-old skipper is not overtly concerned and said he does not have any specific plans to make up for the failures of four years ago.”I don’t think from the public or outside point of view. Does not matter whether I get runs, I want the team to play well and win. I don’t have a benchmark here just because the 2014 tour did not go well,” he said. “I want the team to play good cricket in England I want to lead from the front. It’s just a set of international matches in another country.”last_img read more