View post tag: Defence Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group Returns to Naval Base San Diego View post tag: Group May 15, 2013 View post tag: Ready View post tag: Base View post tag: Navy View post tag: Peleliu View post tag: Defense The Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group (PELARG) returned, May 14, to Naval Base San Diego following an eight-month western Pacific deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AOR).The PELARG consists of amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU).The group left San Diego Sept. 17, 2012, with the mission to provide maritime security, operational support and participate in theater cooperation efforts for the fleets.“We accomplished a tremendous amount in our eight months of deployment; most significantly, we helped maintain security in a volatile part of the world through missions which ranged from counter-weapons proliferation, support to special forces, maritime security operations, and multilateral theater security cooperation exercises with countries including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Djibouti,” said Capt. Shawn Lobree, commander, Amphibious Squadron Three.The PELARG participated in a multitude of evolutions including Exercise Crocodilo with Timor-Leste’s military, visited different ports such as Phuket, Thailand; Salalah, Oman; Darwin, Australia, Bali, Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong. The ships hosted foreign militaries, performed numerous underway replenishments-at-sea and conducted general quarters drills, fire drills and maritime patrols.The flagship, Peleliu steamed more than 43,629 nautical miles, received 1.3 million gallons of aviation jet fuel (JP-5), clocked more than 3,600 flight hours – a third more than the previous amphibious group. Sailors and Marines stowed 3,300 pallets of mail and supplies, used the aircraft elevators more than 1,600 times and conducted 22 flight deck and hangar bay drills.Additionally, the group’s mission spread throughout the Middle Eastern and East African waters, as well as the Red Sea.“The Navy/Marine Team of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU)performed in a stellar fashion,” said Lobree. “We first began to work together some 15 months ago and we have become best friends over this timeframe. We have been through a lot together and I feel we made a difference while we were out there. We couldn’t have done this without very strong teamwork and a lively cooperative spirit day-in and day-out.”[mappress]Press Release, May 15, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Returns View post tag: Naval View post tag: Amphibious Back to overview,Home naval-today Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group Returns to Naval Base San Diego Training & Education View post tag: Diego View post tag: News by topic View post tag: San Share this article
More than 140 apprentices have graduated from 21 diverse schemes such as engineering design, health physics monitoring and business administration.The graduation ceremony, held at Whitehaven Golf Club, signals an exciting new chapter in their careers as they enter full-time employment with the company.They will apply their new qualifications, as well as the variety of skills and the valuable experiences that they have picked up during their apprenticeship, to the workplace.Project Management Apprentice, Andrew Bennett, claimed the top accolade, collecting the Rexel UK Community Award for his contribution to the community during his apprenticeship.Andrew said: Sellafield Ltd continues to play a crucial role in the recruitment and development of our young people. Also, as an advocate for diversity in the work place, I’m delighted to hear that once again the company is training an impressive number of female engineers and scientists who I’m sure will have a successful career in the industry. This is the first phase of your career and there is no limit to what you can achieve. You are the future of the business and the industry. Copeland MP and Apprenticeship Ambassador Trudy Harrison attended the event, along with Workington MP Sue Hayman. They praised the company’s training programme for demonstrating the outstanding talent and vital skills we can develop in the area.Trudy Harrison said: I’m delighted to pick up this award. I feel very fortunate to have taken part in an excellent apprenticeship with Sellafield Ltd, and wanted to give something back to the community. I’ve therefore given talks in schools about the benefits of apprenticeships, and been involved in recruitment drives including a live radio broadcast to 560 students. The next step for me is working in infrastructure projects for the IT department at Sellafield. Some of the other winners were Jodi Hall, Carl Lesley and Jackson Sharpe, who all collected Sellafield Workbook Awards.The event opened with a range of influential speakers, including the company’s CEO, Paul Foster, former Chief Executive of Gen2, Mike Smith OBE, and Donna Connor, head of training and skills for Sellafield Ltd. They offered motivational advice to the apprentices.Paul Foster told the young audience: Sue Hayman said: It’s important for the future success of the area that we continue to provide opportunities for our young people. Training providers such as Gen2, local universities and colleges, in partnership with Sellafield Ltd and its supply chain are playing a vital part in their development.
In an online poll going around of which musical act has the “Most Stupid Band Name,” our good friends of The String Cheese Incident are currently in the top spot. Surprisingly, they are beating out bands such as The The, Diarrhea Planet, We Butter the Bread with Butter, Limp Bizkit, and another one of their jam band brethren that go by the name of Phish.SCI keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth took to his Facebook page, in jest, to acknowledge the honor of being nominated and in the lead. The poll originates from a site called stupidbandnames.com, which is normally a “Stupid Band Name Generator.”Take a listen to David Cross making fun of The String Cheese Incident:
Courses will train officials to help save those exploited globally Syria’s civil war, now under a fragile cease-fire, has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and left widespread devastation, including a health care system in crisis. Rebuilding that system will require replacing at least 1,000 doctors, nurses, and other health care workers who have disappeared or been killed, according to Jennifer Leaning, a Harvard expert on the health impacts of warfare. Leaning, the François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, was one of three co-chairs named last month to lead a 15-month study by the medical journal The Lancet examining the war’s consequences for health and society. The Gazette asked her about the prospects for peace and recovery in Syria. GAZETTE: Are stability and peace essentially the best prescription that any doctor could write at this point for the people of Syria, almost under any leadership? And then a follow-up: What’s your sense of how promising this latest cease-fire is?LEANING: Depending on the extent to which the armed groups under [Syrian President Bashar al-]Assad engage in wipeout tactics under the cover of the cease-fire, it might hold for a bit. If, under the cover of the cease-fire, Assad is still going after rebel forces and opponents, then I believe you’ll see people trying to move out of the way. I think there is enormous hatred that may be fueled if Assad does not move quite carefully not to provoke it. We don’t know a lot about what people are thinking now in Syria. There’s kind of a stunned silence. People I know who are moderately well-connected are saying that there’s a dearth of formal news, but much on Twitter and What’s App. I think people are coming out of holes and trying to account for who’s dead and who’s missing and trying to find food and maybe trying to find ways to put a little bit of distance between them and the armed groups, let alone the regular forces of Assad.It seems quite fluid and unstable. In the longer run, if the cease-fire holds, it could be a very bitter stability and not really a peace. From what we know, Assad is reviled by the majority of the remaining population. There has been a high death rate and a high expulsion rate. So I think this is a temporary place, very tentative, not as dangerous as the acute bombardment of the war, but dangerous from the standpoint of uncertainty about what’s going to come next.GAZETTE: Because you have a little bit of breathing room here …LEANING: Coming back to your question the long way — is the prescription peace and stability? The prescription first is stability. But given how many promises have been broken and how much hate has been incited, peace is a long way off. And, in this stability that may come — it may still include low-intensity war and oppression — it’s a bit too tentative to be talking about return [of refugees], let alone rebuilding. So we’re in a limbo here. And I don’t believe anyone can predict how long this uncertainty will continue.GAZETTE: You’ve recently been named to a commission to examine unmet health needs in Syria. What can you tell us about the commission and its goals?LEANING: I’m a co-chair of the commission, with two other co-chairs from the American University of Beirut. This Lancet Commission is looking at the overall issues of health and population impacts of the war in Syria. The remit is quite broad. We had a meeting [in Beirut] in December for two days and there were about 20 commissioners there and another 20 authorities on various topics who were invited. The scope of what we are trying to cover is vast and important.GAZETTE: Is the commission looking solely at unmet health needs or will it go beyond that to touch other areas that affect health?LEANING: It covers a much broader range of issues. We’re looking at several thematic groups that need to be independently deployed but linked quite closely by us as the three co-chairs.One is going to look at the problems of delivering care in Syria and to refugees. It’s going to look at the destruction of the [health care] system and the strategies that were used by actors on many sides to try to reach people and take care of civilian populations in the context of a fairly brutal and lawlessly waged war. The cost of rebuilding under various projected scenarios will also be looked at: what has actually been destroyed and what the cost might be to begin to rebuild. It includes a significant loss of manpower, easily 1,000 doctors and nurses — and that’s probably an underestimate.There will be also a very large burden of disease, of injury, and long-term rehabilitation, because the survivors have amputations, paralysis, head injuries. The longer-term issues of rehabilitation are going to be extremely expensive and burdensome. Then there’s been destruction of facilities: hospitals, training centers, and universities. They need teachers. Over half of the population of Syria is elsewhere now, either in refugee centers or displaced within Syria, having lost everything and fled. Related New hope for imperiled children We have not yet been able to get in to know how much damage has been done, but what we can see — by satellite, by report — is taking Syria back at least 30 years in terms of its towns, its cities, and its health systems. The cost of just training people to fill the gap of the physicians, the nurses, and other ancillary health personnel who died is going to be enormous.GAZETTE: What other aspects will be examined?LEANING: There will also be a discussion of what help the outside world, the international humanitarian community, brought in to support the civilian population. Another big category is going to be on refugees and forced migrants and those internally displaced in Syria. That will look at the circumstances of the refugees in the host countries of the region as well as, in a more general way, the issues facing those en route and [moving] into Europe. An additional section will focus on what has been lost in Syria itself: the fracture of society and dismemberment of cities, the aerial bombardment of structures that include museums and libraries and institutions of learning and ancient ruins.Furthermore, we will address the geopolitics of the Mideast, the ways in which the Mideast has been plagued by autocratic governments and uneasiness about nation-state boundaries and alliances since the end of WWI … [and] the ways in which the Mideast has been considered either a basket case or a source of deep trouble by the North and the West in the last 60 or 70 years.These issues have contributed to a sense of isolation and intellectual impoverishment among many in the region … and a sense of avoidance from the other parts of the world. This is all very important when we think [about] the astonishing failure on the part of the international community to try to make something happen there.GAZETTE: Is it possible, or even preferable, to not pick sides as you’re going through this — to disentangle health from the political?LEANING: I think we will have to deal with politics because this war is highly complex with many actors. An argument would begin with the recognition that Syria was heading into crisis from the drought that really became intense in 2006-2007, and rigidity and an absence of options coming from the Assad regime. Then came the forced migration of Syrian farmers in the northeast because of economic collapse from the drought. Over a million of them came into the cities in western Syria, which are the Alawite cities and more pro-Assad. You had a million Sunnis who are not so pro-Assad come into these cities in 2010 and early 2011. They joined over a million Iraqis and other refugees from the Iraq and Afghan wars. This burden on housing and jobs and even food led to the riots in the streets, the graffiti, and then the unbearably brutal crackdown on the children and teenagers that Assad meted out in March in 2011. That was the spark that led to this popular uprising, which became this very complex internal war, which has become internationalized.So, had the international community cared enough to have paid attention, could there have been ways to stop the escalation as it was brewing in the years before 2011? Or even beginning in 2013, with the chemical weapons attacks? Could there have been an intervention that halted some of the slide into brutality?There will [also] be some conceptual contributions around how public health turns out to be an excellent way to look at war in all its parameters, if you take public health broadly, in terms of human well-being and human suffering. Another source of debate is going to be on the concept of early warning, in terms of a sentinel event that something bad is going on — the first case of polio at the start of an epidemic — and what modes of intervention could be brought to bear.GAZETTE: What about the return of the refugees?LEANING: Who’s coming back is going to be a very big question. Then, the cost of rebuilding is going to be immense. It’s going to take a great deal of money and where that will come from is another question.
As DNA-based technologies, from CRISPR to ancestry tests, make rapid advances, Marnie Gelbart wants to increase public understanding of how they work Explore To Serve Better Stories of people committed to public purpose and to making a positive difference in communities throughout the country. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Researchers ID molecules that rein in CRISPR systems Researchers harness Cas13 as an antiviral agent and diagnostic tool for RNA-based viruses Expressing genes A team from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard has developed a new CRISPR genome-editing approach that has the potential to correct up to 89 percent of known disease-causing genetic variations.Researchers have combined two of the most important proteins in molecular biology — CRISPR-Cas9 and a reverse transcriptase — into a single machine. The system, called prime editing, is capable of directly editing human cells in a precise, efficient, and highly versatile fashion.“A major aspiration in the molecular life sciences is the ability to precisely make any change to the genome in any location. We think prime editing brings us closer to that goal,” said David Liu, core institute member, Richard Merkin Professor, vice chair of the faculty, and director of the Merkin Institute of Transformative Technologies in Healthcare at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. “We’re not aware of another editing technology in mammalian cells that offers this level of versatility and precision with so few byproducts.”Liu is the senior author of a paper published today in Nature that describes prime editing. The research was also led by first author Andrew Anzalone, a Jane Coffin Childs postdoctoral fellow in Liu’s lab at the Broad Institute.A new CRISPR approachPrime editing differs from previous genome-editing systems in that it uses RNA to direct the insertion of new DNA sequences in human cells.The first CRISPR tool harnessed for genome editing in human cells, pioneered at the Broad Institute, MIT, and Harvard, was the Cas9 protein. Cas9 makes nearby breaks on each DNA strand, cutting the DNA entirely. These tools can disrupt target genes at a specific location and then make it possible to add new sequences through recombination of new DNA into the site, directed by the cell itself.Base editing, first developed by Liu’s laboratory, builds on this technology, fusing Cas9 to proteins that can perform chemical reactions to change a single letter of DNA into another. Current base editors can make four types of single-base changes efficiently: C to T, T to C, A to G, and G to A.Susanna M. Hamilton/Broad Institute CommunicationsThe new prime editing system involves coupling Cas9 to a different protein called reverse transcriptase. The molecular complex uses one strand of the target DNA site to “prime,” or initiate, the direct writing of edited genetic information into the genome.A new type of engineered guide RNA, called a pegRNA, directs the prime editor to its target site, where a modified Cas9 cuts one strand of the DNA. The pegRNA also contains additional RNA nucleotides encoding the new edited sequence. To transfer this information, the reverse transcriptase element reads the RNA extension and writes the corresponding DNA nucleotides into the target spot.Edits made to orderIn the Nature paper, the team demonstrated prime editing’s ability to precisely correct gene variants that cause sickle-cell anemia, requiring the conversion of a specific T to an A, and Tay-Sachs disease, requiring the removal of four DNA letters at a precise location in the genome.The researchers further report a variety of successful edit types in human cells and primary mouse neurons, including all 12 possible ways to replace one DNA letter with another, insertions of new DNA segments up to 44 DNA letters long, precise deletions of up to 80 DNA letters, and modifications combining these different types of edits.“With prime editing, we can now directly correct the sickle-cell anemia mutation back to the normal sequence and remove the four extra DNA bases that cause Tay-Sachs disease, without cutting DNA entirely or needing DNA templates,” said Liu, who is also a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. “The beauty of this system is that there are few restrictions on the edited sequence. Since the added nucleotides are specified by the pegRNA, they can be sequences that differ from the original strand by only one letter, that have additional or fewer letters, or that are various combinations of these changes.”“The versatility of prime editing quickly became apparent as we developed this technology,” said Anzalone. “The fact that we could directly copy new genetic information into a target site was a revelation. We were really excited.”The researchers report that prime editing achieves successful edits with a lower rate of undesired “off-target” changes compared with approaches that require making nearby breaks on each DNA strand. Prime editing can also make precise single-nucleotide changes in target sequences that base editors have difficulty accessing, according to the team’s data.Liu’s team intends to continue optimizing prime editing, including by maximizing its efficiency in many different cell types, further investigating potential effects of prime editing on cells, additional testing in cell and animal models of disease, and exploring delivery mechanisms in animals to provide a potential path for human therapeutic applications.The researchers and the Broad Institute are making this technology freely available to the academic and nonprofit communities, including by sharing vectors through the nonprofit Addgene. For these groups, no license is necessary.The Broad Institute is making prime editing tools available to license nonexclusively for research and manufacturing by companies, and for the commercial development of tools and reagents. For human therapeutic use, the Broad Institute has licensed the technology to Prime Medicine under the inclusive innovation model. As has been publicly reported, Beam Therapeutics has received a sublicense from Prime Medicine for the use of prime editing in certain fields and for certain applications. (Liu is a consultant and co-founder of both Prime Medicine and Beam Therapeutics.)Funding for this study was provided in part by the Merkin Institute of Transformative Technologies in Healthcare, National Institutes of Health (RM1U01AI142756, RM1HG009490, R01EB022376, R35GM118062, T32GM007726), a Jane Coffin Childs postdoctoral fellowship, a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation fellowship, a Helen Hay Whitney postdoctoral fellowship, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Related CRISPR enzyme programmed to kill viruses in human cells New tool finds compounds that inhibit enzymes, enabling more precise and efficient technologies
Kristin Chenoweth Fran Drescher is Developing a Broadway MusicalFran Drescher, who is reprising her Great White Way performance as the wicked stepmother on the Cinderella tour, is also working on “a Broadway musical that I would be a writer and producer on.” However, The Nanny fave goes on to say to Variety that she is not ready to pitch the project yet. We will let you know more details as we get them!Bebe Neuwirth & Sierra Boggess’ Tribute Two-time Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth will host the 30th Annual Women of Achievement Awards Gala on June 8 at The Edison Ballroom. Honorees will include Tony and six-time Emmy-winning actress Tyne Daly (It Shoulda Been You), with special appearances at the event by Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Sierra Boggess (It Shoulda Been You), Margo Seibert (Rocky) and more.Jonathan Groff & Laura Osnes Team UpAnother gathering we would love to be a fly on the wall at! Jonathan Groff will perform, along with special guests Laura Osnes and Jan Maxwell, at a Theatre Development Fund Gala on June 15 at the Edison Ballroom. The event, hosted by Julie Halston, will honor three of the not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts’ “Unsung Heroes”—Ted Chapin, Jeffrey Gural and Robert Zukerman.Get Your Sugar Fix With Audra McDonald & Corey CottWe at Broadway.com, along with everybody who works in the vicinity of the Great White Way, are addicted to Schmackary’s. The gourmet cookie company will host its third annual Broadway Bakes event May 25 through May 29 in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Some of the Main Stem’s biggest names have been tapped to work behind the counter including six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald and her hubby Les Miz’s Will Swenson, Gigi’s Corey Cott, Laura Osnes, Megan Hilty and Matilda’s Lesli Margherita. We’ll be there cheering them on! (And if anyone ever wants to buy the team at Broadway.com a present, please send us Schmackary’s c/o 729 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019.) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Kristin Chenoweth’s Maleficent Move over Angelina Jolie! Kristin Chenoweth may currently be showing off her comedic chops in On the Twentieth Century, but on screen she’s taken a positively Wicked turn! Check out the below trailer for the Tony winner’s upcoming appearance as Maleficent in the Disney Channel’s telepic Descendants. Under the direction of Kenny Ortega, the film will air this summer. Star Files View Comments
continue reading » The countdown to NAFCU’s Congressional Caucus is on, and House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Representative Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., have been added to the lineup of notable speakers. Fox News’ Digital Politics Editor and Political Analyst Chris Stirewalt will be on hand to deliver the closing keynote.Stirewalt makes frequent appearances on Fox network programs and authors the daily Fox News Halftime Report. Attendees will also hear from renowned journalist Gretchen Carlson, who is set to deliver Caucus’ opening keynote.Brown is expected to discuss the committee’s fall agenda – which includes a hearing Tuesday on housing finance reformfeaturing Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mark Calabria. Calabria will also provide an update on housing issues during Caucus.Last week, Waters announced her committee’s fall 2019 priorities, indicating that it will continue to “ensure fairness, competition, and transparency,” in the financial services industry. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » 66SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A California-based company filed a class-action lawsuit against Wells Fargo citing unfair actions against some small businesses seeking government-sponsored coronavirus relief under the Paycheck Protection Program.In March, the Treasury Department announced the $349 billion forgivable loan plan for small businesses that helps them pay employees during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The fund ran out of money on Friday.The lawsuit filed on behalf of small business owners on Sunday alleges that Wells Fargo unfairly prioritized businesses seeking large loan amounts, while the government’s small business agency has said that PPP loan applications would be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.The move by Wells Fargo meant that the bank would receive millions more dollars in processing fees, according to the lawsuit.
Story So Far2.30pm Formula 1 welcomes back another “awesome” track this weekend with the return of the Turkish GP – where championship history could be made and seasons could be defined as 2020 enters its final sprint.- Advertisement – The Turkish Grand Prix8.30am10.10am Date and showOn AirSession start Notebook1pm The Englishman is 85 points clear of his only remaining title rival Valtteri Bottas with a maximum of 104 points left to play for and so will become the sport’s second seven-time champion if he finishes Sunday’s race ahead of his Mercedes team-mate.Bottas, meanwhile, must outscore Hamilton by at least eight points to take the title fight on to the following round in Bahrain – so a race victory and fastest lap bonus point would be enough. Practice Two11.45am12pm Go on board with 2010 polesitter Mark Webber for a lap of the fast and very challenging Istanbul Park ahead of the Turkish GP’s return in November The unique triple left-hander at Turn 8 is a particular highlight of a track which, like the other F1 2020 returnees of the Nurburgring and Imola, is old-school in its design with plenty of fierce changes of direction.Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok gave an in-depth guide ahead of the Turkish GP, while Ricciardo admitted: “I can’t wait for Turkey. It’s an awesome circuit and a lot of fun to drive.“It’s going to be pretty cool in a modern Formula 1 car with some fast corners and long periods of time on the throttle. I think it will provide good racing as overtaking should be more straightforward [than Imola]. I think it’s a pretty complete circuit, so I’m certainly looking forward to that.“I think full beans around there is going to be awesome. Turn 8 is a great corner, but so is Turn 1, the downhill, unsighted left. It’s really cool!”The TV timesWith a three-hour time difference between the UK and Turkey, it’s the earliest start times of the reshaped season this weekend for live coverage on Sky Sports F1. How to watch F1 with Sky SportsWhether watching on the big or small screen, Sky Sports F1 has you covered.In addition to the coverage of every track session from each weekend on our TV channel, subscribers can also watch live coverage and in-race clips on the Sky Sports App.The App features Race Control – giving you access to on-board driver feeds, a mix feed, driver tracker and live timings. Race Control is also available via the Red Button on Sky Q and HD boxes.Sky Q is also the home of advanced features, including an interactive track map, plus the latest video clips of action, features and interviews. Sky F1’s David Croft says he expects Lewis Hamilton to sign a new contract with Mercedes, despite question marks remaining over his future in the sport There are plenty of other fierce battles to keep an eye out for through the weekend – the closest of which for third in the constructors’ standings with Renault, McLaren and Racing Point split by just a single point.It’s also been tough to call who will finish fourth behind Hamilton, Bottas and Max Verstappen in the Drivers’ Championship all season, with Daniel Ricciardo currently ahead on 95 points but other midfield rivals – namely Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez – well in contention.The trackThere may have only been seven F1 races at the Istanbul Park circuit – which made its debut in 2005 before a lack of funding prevented Grands Prix post-2011 – but it quickly became, and still is now, a driver’s favourite.
Indonesia announced 1,853 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the highest single-day increase since the emergence of its first cases in early March, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 68,079.National COVID-19 task force spokesperson Achmad Yurianto’s daily report also showed that 50 more people died from the disease, which puts the death toll at 3,359. East Java, the country’s new epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, again reported the highest spike on Wednesday with 366 new cases. Jakarta also saw its largest daily increase with 357 new cases. Central Java recorded 205 new cases while South Sulawesi saw 166 cases and South Sumatra saw 156 cases.Yurianto said the spike of COVID-19 cases did not necessarily mean there was an increase in the number of COVID-19 inpatients.“Most of the newly confirmed cases are people with mild to no symptoms who don’t need to be isolated in hospitals. We have ordered them to self-isolate at their respective homes,” Yurianto said during a press briefing on Wednesday.Health authorities have reported 31,585 recoveries as of Wednesday.Topics :