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  • Running out of beds and gear, Tokyo medical staff say Japan’s ‘state of emergency’ already

    first_imgAs Japan faces a fresh wave of coronavirus infections and the government prepares for a state of emergency, medical staff say a shortage of beds and a rise in cases linked to hospitals are pushing Tokyo’s medical system to the brink of collapse.The crisis has already arrived at Eiju General Hospital, a pink, 10-storey building in central Tokyo, which has reported 140 cases of COVID-19 in the past two weeks. Of those, at least 44 are doctors, nurses and other medical staff.On a recent weekday, the glass doors of Eiju General were plastered with posters saying the hospital was closed until further notice. Topics : Even as other countries have locked down borders and ramped up testing, Japan appeared to have side-stepped the kind of mass infections seen elsewhere – an effect some experts say was mostly due to a lack of testing. In the early stages of the epidemic, Japan was also weighing whether to postpone the Summer Olympics, a decision that eventually came in late March.Since mid-January, Japan has tested 39,446 people, while the United Kingdom has tested 173,784 and South Korea has conducted 443,273 tests, according to data from Oxford University.Authorities have tried to test and track in a way that avoided overwhelming Japan’s hospitals, said Hitoshi Oshitani, an infectious disease specialist on the government panel shaping the country’s coronavirus policy.Despite that, the total number of positive cases nationwide nearly doubled in the last seven days to 3,654. Tokyo is now the largest hub for COVID-19 in Japan, with more than 1,000 confirmed cases.With cases surging, officials said, some who tested positive have had to briefly wait at home or in outpatient sections of hospitals until beds became available. Koike said on Sunday that to ease the burden on medical staff, Tokyo would transfer people with mild symptoms into hotels and other accommodations starting Tuesday.Hiroshi Nishiura, a Hokkaido University professor and member of a panel advising the government on its coronavirus response, said Eiju General, like many Tokyo hospitals, has no infectious disease department. That meant coronavirus patients were initially treated alongside everyone else, allowing the virus to spread.”We have not been able to clearly contain the contagion from the first wave,” Nishiura said, referring to Eiju General. A spokesman from the hospital declined to comment on Monday.On Friday, another hospital in Tokyo said three nurses and one doctor had been infected while treating patients. The next day, Tokyo saw its daily coronavirus cases top 100 for the first time, and on Sunday 143 people tested positive.A representative for the Tokyo government said Monday that “the medical system remains secure,” adding that Tokyo was continuing to urge residents to avoid all unnecessary outings.Scramble for beds Contagion is an enormous risk in dense Tokyo, a city of nearly 14 million people. Japan also has one of world’s oldest populations, with nearly a third of the country – 36 million people – older than 65.According to Japan’s health ministry, there are some 1.5 million hospital beds nationwide, but beds in negative-pressure rooms reserved for infectious diseases excluding tuberculosis have dwindled to just 1,882, with only 145 in Tokyo.Though people with COVID-19 do not all need such rooms, they still must be kept apart from other patients.In recent days, Tokyo officials have been scrambling to secure 4,000 beds for coronavirus patients, asking hospitals to free up space in ordinary wards and even offering financial incentives, said one city official with direct knowledge of the planning. He declined to be named as he was not authorized to speak to media.”There isn’t that much capacity [of hospital beds] left in Tokyo, so a [medical collapse] is no longer unforeseeable,” said Satoshi Kamayachi, an executive board member of the Japan Medical Association, which has pushed Japan to call for a state of emergency. “The number of patients is clearly rising, so the situation is becoming more urgent.”Japan’s response Even after Japan drew fire for how it handled patients on the cruise ship Diamond Princess, it did little to step up testing and preparations, some critics say.Tokyo assemblyman Akihiro Suzuki wrote to Koike on Jan. 31, asking her to set up a medical and consultation system for coronavirus cases.”The response was slow and even now it’s [too] slow,” he said. Suzuki has submitted 10 requests since then asking for a range of measures, from procuring more ventilators to clarifying Tokyo’s policy on treating critical patients.A representative for the Tokyo metropolitan government said the city had been preparing “specific medical measures” since March 23 for a possible increase in cases, including securing more beds.A half-dozen nurses working at clinics and mid-sized Tokyo hospitals said that they had been told to reuse masks and were concerned about having enough staff to deal with a surge. Several doctors said they had been told not to discuss the capacity of their hospitals with the media.Nurses told Reuters they were not sure whether their hospitals had enough advanced personal protective equipment like N95 masks and plastic gowns.”The other day I saw a news report that a nurse wearing a trash bag as protective gear died in New York and I wondered if that’ll be me in the future,” one nurse in her 30s told Reuters. Like many other medical workers, she declined to be named because she is not allowed to speak to the media.Kasumi Matsuda, who works for the Japan Federation of Medical Workers’ Unions and was a nurse for 13 years, said many of its 170,000 members had also reported a lack of protective gear.”I think the system is already beginning to fall apart,” she said.As the number of cases rises in Tokyo, the Japan Medical Association and Tokyo governor Koike have asked the central government to quickly declare a state of emergency to reduce the rate of infections.Such a declaration empowers governors to close public facilities and “name and shame” companies that refuse official requests. But it cannot force companies to comply.Media reports on Monday indicated that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was preparing to declare a state of emergency this week after days of saying such a decision would be premature.On Friday, a non-profit organization that offers developmental aid abroad, said it would build a makeshift hospital with 1,200 beds by the end of April in a bayside shopping district of Tokyo.The beds will be set up under tents in a parking lot of a museum of maritime science, a building shaped like a docked ship.center_img More than 60 patients with the virus are still being treated inside. One person who was transferred to another hospital infected others, according to health officials in Tokyo’s Taito ward.Japan has only a small fraction of the number of cases reported by its neighbors China and South Korea. Yet scenarios similar to that at Eiju General are playing out across Tokyo, as a dozen doctors and nurses in the city told Reuters there is a shortage of gear and staff even as infections surge.”We could empty out an entire ward and use it just for corona patients, but that means those patients [with other illnesses] will have to go elsewhere,” said a doctor specializing in infectious diseases at a major hospital in the greater Tokyo area. “If we can’t do that, it will lead to the virus spreading all through the hospital and lead to a collapse of our medical system.”Official data tell a similar story. Tokyo’s government said that as of Sunday, 951 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized; in a live YouTube address Sunday night, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike said there were about 1,000 beds allocated for coronavirus patients in the city.last_img read more

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  • Manchester United star Antonio Valencia drops major DC United transfer hint after Arsenal interest

    first_imgManchester United star Antonio Valencia drops major DC United transfer hint after Arsenal interest Valencia could link up with Wayne Rooney at DC United (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOn Tuesday, Valencia retweeted and liked a post from a supporter who had quote-tweeted a report from Ecuador which read: ‘Based on a special request from one of them, the Manchester United goalscoring duo will become a reality again in the capital of the United States. Two-year contract about to be finalised with D.C. United.’Valencia has made just eight appearances for United this season and has been struggling to recover from a calf injury for several months.The 33-year-old is in his 10th season at United after joining in a £16 million deal from Wigan Athletic in 2009.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Antonio Valencia has hinted he’s off to Major League Soccer (Getty Images)Manchester United defender Antonio Valencia has hinted that he could be signing for Major League Soccer side DC United.The 33-year-old’s current contract expires at the end of the season and United have not taken their option for extending it for a further 12 months, which means he is set to leave on a free transfer this summer.Last month, the Ecuadorian’s father Luis Valencia confirmed that his son will be leaving Old Trafford and revealed that Arsenal were one of four teams interested in a deal.The Gunners are seeking defensive cover in the summer transfer window and with Unai Emery working with a restricted budget, Valencia would represent a cheaper alternative to other targets.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut Valencia has hinted that his future could be alongside former United teammate Wayne Rooney in MLS. Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 9 Apr 2019 6:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisementlast_img read more

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  • Arsene Wenger says Mikel Arteta and Arsenal are making a mistake over ‘super talent’ Mesut Ozil

    first_imgAdvertisement The Frenchman feels his former charge is being ‘wasted’ at the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)Arsene Wenger has criticised Arsenal’s treatment of Mesut Ozil and says his old club are ‘wasting’ the playmaker’s talent, while he has encouraged Mikel Arteta to end his exile.Although a regular in the side when the Spanish coach first took over at the Emirates, Ozil did not play a single minute of action after the season restart and has been left out of every matchday squad for the new season.To compound his misery, the German World Cup winner has been axed from Arsenal’s Europa League squad list entirely – making him ineligible to play – and looks set to be handed the same fate in the Premier league. Ozil last played in March when he assisted the only goal in a win over West Ham (Picture: Getty)Despite appearing to have played his last game for Arsenal, top earner Ozil intends to see out the last year of his mammoth contract and has rejected offers to leave north London.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWenger, who signed Ozil from Real Madrid seven years ago, believes the situation does not paint anyone in a good light, though feels the 31-year-old still has enough quality to be involved in the Arsenal squad.Asked what he makes of Ozil’s current predicament, Wenger told BBC Sport: ‘I feel it is a waste for him.‘Firstly because he’s in the years where a player of his talent can produce the most.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘And it’s a waste for the club as well because he’s a super talent, a creative talent that in the final third can create that killer pass.‘It’s a waste on both sides. Creatvity is as well what people want when they go to the game. When they buy a ticket, they want to see something special, something creative, something they cannot do.‘The way football is going at the moment it’s quick counter-pressing, quick transitions and everybody plays the same. It’s kicked out players like Ozil. Arsene Wenger says Mikel Arteta and Arsenal are making a mistake over ‘super talent’ Mesut Ozil Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 13 Oct 2020 8:35 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kSharescenter_img Advertisement Ozil looks set to see out his contract and leave Arsenal next summer (Picture: Getty)‘Although let’s not forget who this guy is. A world champion who has played at Real Madrid.‘He’s been the record player of assists in the league, so they have to find a way to get him involved again.’Ozil actually created the most chances of any Arsenal player under Arteta last season, despite not playing since March, though the side have performed well in his absence this season and currently sit in fourth place with three wins from their opening four games.MORE: Thomas Partey’s dad reveals midfielder’s one big doubt over Arsenal moveMORE: Mikel Arteta makes U-turn over William Saliba loan with Frenchman set to stay at ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Commentlast_img read more

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  • Illegal drugs eyed in slay of former MBA player

    first_imgGomez added that if they will be ableto validate that Huelar has returned to his illegal activity prior to hisdeath, they will trace the victim’s possible accomplices and investigate theiractivities. Known for his monicker of “The FlyingFish,” the former University of St. La Salle and University of SanJose-Recoletos player was a former starting guard for the Slashers in thedefunct Metropolitan Basketball Association. Gomez said in an interview with AksyonRadyo-Bacolod on Friday that Huelar has reportedly returned to illegal drugtrade since being released from detention in 2018.    Police officers who were conductingcheckpoint near the gym were also unable to catch the gunner as he already fledwhen they reached the crime scene.  Police Station 4 commander, PoliceMajor Reynante Jomocan, said the suspects could have monitored the movements ofHuelar, who was shot in the neck area. “It is still premature to arrive atany conclusions in the murder of Maui,” said Leonardia. BACOLOD City – The murder of formerNegros Slashers guard and former Barangay 35 captain Manuel “Maui” Huelar couldhave been “well planned,” police investigators said.center_img Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-NegrosOccidental head Nicholas Gomez, for his part, said that they are looking atdrugs as possible motive behind the murder of Huelar. Mayor Evelio Leonardia, meanwhile, hastasked Bacolod City Police Office director, Colonel Henry Biñas to prioritizethe investigation into Huelar’s killing. Leonardia said he wants answers fromthe city’s police force as to how the suspects managed to commit the crimedespite numerous checkpoints in place amid the ongoing enhanced communityquarantine against the coronavirus disease. According to Jomocan, he hasinterviewed the caretaker of Villamonte Gym, where Huelar was killed, but wasunable to identify the gray-colored t-shirt suspect as the incident happened sofast. Huelar is no stranger to legalproblems, as he had been served three arrest warrants in March 2016 forcarnapping, robbery, grave coercion, and arbitrary detention. In November 2010,he was also caught engaging in jai-alai operationsin Bacolod./PNlast_img read more

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  • City Securities Basketball Hall of Fame Classic

    first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs will be participating in the City Securities Hall of Fame Classic on Saturday, Dec. 27, in New Castle. The Bulldogs will face Class 4A, No. 2 ranked Southport High School in game one at 11 a.m. The second game will pit Brownsburg and Penn. The evening session will consist of a consolation game at 6 p.m. with the championship to follow.Saturday, Dec. 20, will be the last day tickets can be purchased in advance at greatly discounted prices. Basketball fans can purchase tickets for $10, which includes the entire day of basketball. They can be purchased at Batesville High School in the athletic office during regular school hours. Tickets will also be on sale Saturday, Dec. 20, when the Bulldogs host East Central.Courtesy of Bulldogs AD Bryan Helvie.last_img read more

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  • Girls Golf Results From Monday (8-2)

    first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs beat the Columbus East Lady Olympians by a score of 207 to 209 at The Otters Creek Golf Course.Emma Weiler was meet medalist with a 39. Sarah Ronnebaum 50 Tori Harpring 56 Madelyn Pohlman 62. Chloe Murphy 63.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer.The Lady Cats lost a tough one tonight on the road at Richmond. Despite posting a good score of 176 they still lost to the Red Devils by 8 shots. Junior, Gracie Graf, was low for the team with a score of 39 and Senior, Taylor McCreary, posted a personal best score of 44.Lady Wildcats Scores. Maggie Brack – 44, Gracie Graf – 39, Camryn Brewer – 51, Taylor McCreary – 44 (personal best). Ashlan Hill – 52, Kelsey Brackney – 63.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Marisa Mears.last_img read more

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  • Breaking: Coronavirus: Japan set to postpone Tokyo Olympics

    first_imgRelatedPosts Tokyo confirms venues, schedule for Olympic Games in 2021 Tokyo 2020: Nigerian athletes to enjoy IOC scholarship Breaking: Tokyo Olympics postponed Tokyo’s Olympic 2020 contract allows it to postpone the Games until the end of the year, Japan’s Olympics minister said on Tuesday, amid concern the coronavirus could disrupt the event. “The contract calls for the Games to be held within 2020. That could be interpreted as allowing a postponement,” Seiko Hashimoto said in response to a lawmaker’s question in parliament. However, Japan’s government and host city Tokyo were still committed to hosting the Games, due to begin on July 24, she added. And under the hosting agreement, the right to cancel the Games belongs to the International Olympic Committee. Thomas Bach, head of the IOC, reiterated on Tuesday that preparations were still underway for a “successful” Games in Tokyo. Any halt to the Games would be costly. The latest budget is 1.35 trillion yen (€11.3 billion), with Japan’s government providing 120 billion yen (€996.3 billion) to build the Olympic Stadium and 30 billion yen (€249 billion) toward the cost of the 2020 Paralympics, Hashimoto said. Japan’s Board of Audit put government spending between the bid in 2013 and 2018 at 1.06 trillion yen. To curb the coronavirus, Japan’s government has asked schools to close and encouraged the curtailment of events, including sports meetings, that could attract large crowds. Japan Para Sports Association and Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic organisers said on Tuesday they would cancel a wheelchair rugby test event this month due to the coronavirus.Tags: International Olympic CommitteeSeiko HashimotoThomas VachTokyo Olympic Gameslast_img read more

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  • Parks leads Connacht outgoings

    first_imgScotland fly-half Dan Parks heads a cast-list of eight Connacht stars leaving the Irish province at the end of the season. The 66-cap former Glasgow and Cardiff Blues playmaker will leave Galway this summer, after two years at the club. Ireland centre Gavin Duffy will also leave after an eight-year stint, his second at his home club, with three years at Harlequins in between. Head coach Pat Lam said the 10-cap 32-year-old typifies the attributes Connacht seek in their top stars. Frank Murphy, Paul O’Donohoe, Aaron Conneely, Brian Murphy, Dave Nolan and James Rael have all also been confirmed as summer leavers by Connacht. “It’s a tough time of year for players and management who have to make decisions about the future of the squad,” said Connacht boss Lam. “In the professional game, no squad is ever the same from one year to the next and there are always a number of players moving on. “These guys have given so much to Connacht and we have nothing but respect for them as well as appreciation for what they have done.” Former Samoa flanker Lam has already recruited centre Bundee Aki from the Chiefs and hooker Tom McCartney for next season. Ex-Newcastle and Northampton loose-forward Lam hailed Duffy and Parks ahead of their summer departures, as he continues to re-jig his squad. “Guys like Gavin Duffy exemplify what Connacht is all about,” he said. “Born and bred here, he has been a fantastic ambassador for the province and has always conducted himself with the utmost professionalism. “Over the last two seasons, Parksy (Dan Parks) in particular has contributed massively to the development of our young back-line and I know they have taken a great deal from the wealth of experience he brought with him.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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  • STAG Nations Cup football kicks off today at Golden Grove

    first_img… Teams from GFA, Berbice & East Coast to battle; NSC on boardTHE STAG Nations Cup knockout, five-association football championship is set to kick off today at the Golden Grove ground, East Coast Demerara, with teams from Georgetown, Berbice and East Coast aiming to stake a claim for the top prize of $2M.There is no room for mistakes in this format of the game and each of the four teams on display tonight will be harbouring thoughts of winning as the minutes tick down to kick-off time.Facing off in the feature match will be home team Golden Stars against New Amsterdam United of Berbice. Home advantage might give the Stars the edge in this match but the lads from Berbice will be as confident as the host team tonight.Golden Stars will look to the likes of Akowo Jack, Derick Thomas, Calvin Lilly, Victor Solomon, Stephon Walcott, Peter Wilson, Kelvin Glasgow, Collis Josiah, Alex Mahaica, Lloyd Daniels, Malcolm Walcott, Jamal Woodman, Roundel Liverpool, Carlos Kingston, Mellon Semple, Dequan Douglas, Shamar Kingston, Cevon Montrose, Jeffrey Charles, Andy Stephen, Ottis Wright and Randy King to deliver a win for them tonight.NA United will hope to spoil the home team’s party and will unleash the following players in their hope to achieve same: Adrian Adams (captain), Leonardo Adams, Jason Drakes, Quinn Hazel, Rei Joseph, Delroy Dean, Jamal Butts, Jeremy Samuels, Dexter Allen, Julian Success, Garfield Millington, Shakeel Grant, Ron Lyken, Omari Bentham, Jovano Dos Santos, Keon Williams, Dwayne Alleyne, Graham Thomas, Joshua Wilson, Ray Reddock, Sion Bacchus and Steffon Boucher.The opening match between City side Flamingos and Mahaicony Thunderhawks will be an interesting affair, as the teams are not familiar with each other but the experienced Flamingos with chief tactician Shem Porter at the helm will start with that advantage, to get into the round of 16.There to back up Porter will be another elder statesman Leon Yaw, Quincy Bourne, Deshawn Wills, Chad Rodrigues, Matthew Fletcher and Isaiah Thomas among others.The Thunderhawks will be aiming to soar to victory and will depend on the following players to see them through. Delbert Wilson (captain), Ozese Halley, Leroy Halley, Shaka Drennon, Mark Roberts, Tyron Tappin, Burton Shepherd, David Belgrave, Sheldon Toney, Troy Semple, Sherwyn Wills, Cleyton Roberts, David Cameron, Renrick Bynoe, Keion Sobers, Davendra Thuknauth, Ruel Chester, Fitzpatrick Chester, Wayne McKenzie, Alestear Bovell, Kenroy Doguyar and Newt Mahaica.Meanwhile, Director of Sport Christopher Jones has made a contribution of footballs to the organisers in the interest of the continued development of the players and the game.Jones, who is expected to officially kick off the tournament later this evening at the Golden Grove ground, noted that the National Sports Commission (NSC) is very happy to see five (East Bank, East Demerara, West Demerara, Berbice, Georgetown) of the affiliates of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) coming together to match skills over the next three weeks culminating with the final on New Year’s Night at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.”I would like to wish the teams every success but only one will come out victors on the final night and walk away with the top prize of $2M. To my mind however, every team is a winner. I would like to see very competitive matches and I also applaud the fact that matches are going to be played at multiple venues which will afford many of the teams’ fans to cheer them on at home.”Jones also noted that the NSC and government are committed to the real development of not only football but sports across the board and this fact is evident in the increased allocation for sports in the recently presented National Budget.last_img read more

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  • Rotary Club of Nnewi Honours Aisha Falode

    first_imgThe Rotary Club of Nnewi disclosed that, the club will also use the opportunity of award ceremony for Aisha Falode, to hold the installation ceremony of their 7th President, Rtn Ada Ifepe Edwards, a passionate supporter of women’s football and board member, Anambra Football Association.The event would witness the induction ceremony of new members of the club and conferment of awards to some other achievers in Anambra State.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Rotary Club of Nnewi Central, District 9147, Anambra State, will on Saturday, July 27 honour the Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League and board member of the Nigeria Football Federation, Aisha Falode, with a meritorious award for service to humanity and contributions towards youth development and the nation at large.In a letter sent to the Secretariat of the NWFL in Abuja, jointly signed by the Installation Committee Chief, Rtn Princess Ikwuamaka and Secretary, Installation Committee, Rtn Echezona Ajero, the Rotary Club of Nnewi, wrote: “The board and entire members of the club have found you worthy to be awarded because of your contribution towards youth development and the nation at large.”The event will hold at the Con-Vaj Hotel and Event Centre, Otolo, Nnewi, Anambra Stat at 2pm.last_img read more

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