19 Oct
2020

Reagents shortage yet another test of accuracy for Indonesia’s COVID-19 data

first_imgRead also: COVID-19: Indonesia on hunt for PCR testing kitsDisease control and prevention director general Achmad Yurianto of the Health Ministry acknowledged that the shortage of regents had forced a number of laboratories to halt testing, leaving only 37 out of 78 labs able to submit test results on Tuesday. However, he assured that a new supply of reagents enough to support up to 15,000 tests was en route to the archipelago.”The stock was sent from South Korea this morning,” Yurianto told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.Indonesia has been scrambling to obtain the chemical reagents necessary for the COVID-19 PCR tests amid the global shortage, with the government seeking to procure them from countries that have a surplus of testing kits.President Joko Widodo has called for health authorities to expand PCR testing to at least 10,000 tests per day – or 300,000 tests per month – amid criticisms that the country has one of the lowest testing rates in the world.According to government data, Indonesia has tested 59,936 samples for the COVID-19 virus by Thursday, with 7,775 samples testing positive for the coronavirus. Of these confirmed cases, 635 patients have died.The government has estimated that Indonesia would need to conduct 1.2 million tests by May.However, many observers – including state officials – have cast doubt on the government’s COVID-19 figures, saying that minimal test coverage, multiple case categories and “nontransparent” data pointed to a high likelihood that the real number of cases in the country could be higher than official reports.Despite the shortage of reagents and the country’s dependence on imports to overcome this, Yurianto did not believe it would be efficient to produce the chemicals locally.“We are running against time and producing the reagents ourselves would take time and [a long] process,” he said.The director of the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology, Amin Soebandrio, explained that the reagents required a specific level of refinement and needed to be validated for use in the COVID-19 PCR tests.Nonetheless, he said that the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) were currently attempting to produce the PCR test reagents.“Hopefully, within 2 to 3 weeks, locally made reagents will be able to contribute [to nationwide PCR tests] a little, even though they may not be able to supply nationwide laboratories,” he told the Post.However, Eijkman’s deputy for fundamental research, Herawati Sudoyo, warned that developing the reagents for the COVID-19 tests had to be done carefully to meet high quality assurance standards.Read also: COVID-19: More than 380 foreigners among infected in IndonesiaWhen asked about the possibility of alternative tests to detect the coronavirus, Herawati maintained that the PCR testing method was currently the “gold standard” for COVID-19 detection.“The reagents shortage is not happening just in Indonesia. It’s happening around the world because no one was prepared for the pandemic. But PCR [testing] remains the best option,” she said.In the meantime, Eijkman has secured a sufficient stock of reagents for the next two to three weeks, and its lab was still testing more than 300 samples per day.In Surabaya, East Java, the University of Airlangga Institute of Tropical Disease (ITD Unair) initially reported on Monday that it had run out of reagents and that the supply it had ordered on March 24 had yet to arrive.On Thursday, ITD Unair head Maria Lucia Inge Lusida told the Post that the center had resumed testing received enough reagents from the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister to test 1,400 samples.In the nation’s capital, Jakarta Health Laboratory head Endra Muryanto said that the regional lab, which had already tested 10,160 samples so far, had secured enough reagents to continue testing for the next few days.While the West Java Health Laboratory said it had also secured a new supply of reagents, it expressed concern over the general availability of reagents.“Extraction reagents are hard to obtain, and we are worried that we might have to stop testing because of a delay in the arrival of the [imported] reagents,” said laboratory head Ema Rahmawati.Topics : A shortage of reagents is interfering with the government’s efforts to ramp up much-needed mass testing for the coronavirus, posing another challenge for Indonesia regarding the true scale of its outbreak.Over the past two days, a number of the country’s laboratories have temporarily stopped running polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests because the supply of reagents – the substance essential to testing swab samples – had yet to arrive from abroad.In South Sumatra, for instance, the Palembang Health Laboratory (BBLK) had to stop testing samples due to the lack of reagents. The halt on testing caused the province to record zero new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and Tuesday, kompas.com reported.The reagents are necessary to isolate the indicators for the coronavirus RNA from human DNA in swab samples to determine whether the test subject had the virus or not.last_img read more

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26 Aug
2020

Clippers celebrate Doc Rivers’ birthday by fending off Australian team in preseason game

first_imgPreviousMelbourne United’s Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., left, and Shawn Long defend Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United’s Chris Goulding, foreground, shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, center back, and Landry Shamet (20) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers forward Maurice Harkless goes for a dunk between Melbourne United’s Shawn Long, left, and Mitchell McCarron during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, left, talks with Melbourne United head coach Dean Vickerkman before a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United’s Shea Ili, left, drives against the Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United’s Melo Trimble shoots as the Los Angeles Clippers’ Maurice Harkless (8) defends during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley, right, steals the ball from Melbourne United’s Quincy Miller during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers guard Amir Coffey drives past Melbourne United’s Anthony Brown during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers guard Derrick Walton, Jr. (10) looks to pass as Melbourne United’s Shea Ili defends during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers center Montrezl Harrell (5) shoots against Melbourne United during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers center Montrezl Harrell powers to the basket against Melbourne United during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United’s Chris Goulding, left, spins around Los Angeles Clippers forward Maurice Harkless while shooting during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United’s Shea Ili, left, and Shawn Long defend againstLos Angeles Clippers guard Jerome Robinson (1) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United center Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., of Sudan, left, talks with Los Angeles Clippers forward Johnathan Motley following a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United head coach Dean Vickerkman leaves the court after losing to the Los Angeles Clippers in a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Mitchell McCarron (10) leads Melbourne United off the court after losing 118-100 to the Los Angeles Clippers during a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United guard Melo Trimble, center, loses the ball while driving between Los Angeles Clippers Landry Shamet, left, and Patrick Beverley during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers JaMychal Green, left, defends Melbourne United’s Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers’ Jerome Robinson (1) and Melbourne United’ Shawn Long reach for a rebound during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United’s Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., left, and Shawn Long defend Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United’s Chris Goulding, foreground, shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, center back, and Landry Shamet (20) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)NextShow Caption1 of 19Melbourne United’s Chris Goulding, foreground, shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, center back, and Landry Shamet (20) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)ExpandLOS ANGELES — No, really, that was what Doc Rivers wanted for his 58th birthday: For his Clippers get tested by Melbourne United.The Australian National Basketball League team proved accommodating Sunday afternoon, building leads as large as 11 points and holding a halftime advantage of 4 in a preseason game against one of the NBA’s prospective title contenders.“I love playing Australia,” Rivers insisted after the 118-100 victory, echoing what he’d said before his team began a freezing first-half slog in Staples Center, which was being prepped for an evening Kings ice hockey game. “I tell Lawrence (Frank) to schedule them every year because of the way they play. They make you communicate. They run their sets so hard, Golden State does it a little bit like that, but not even at that pace…“It was a great lesson for our guys, they were getting everything they wanted in the first half, and (they) though we were going to come in and make some kind of adjustment, but I said, ‘No.’ ” Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Said Beverley: “Oh, (it’s) really good. Just didn’t want to push it too much today… I get banged up every day, just another day in the office.”Shamet: “Just kind of, fell on it. It’s nothing that (serious). It’s preseason, just being smart.”Rivers called off practice Monday on account of so many players dealing with injuries, however slight or serious. He said he expects Kawhi Leonard, who rested Sunday, to play in the Clippers’ preseason finale Thursday in Vancouver, where Paul George (shoulder rehab) and Rodney McGruder (right ankle) still will be sidelined.HIGHLIGHTSNewcomers Patrick Patterson and Derrick Walton Jr. get credit for helping the Clippers get “back at equilibrium,” as Walton put it.Patterson, a 6-foot-9 forward, didn’t play in the first half, but finished with 10 points in 17 minutes. And Walton, a 24-year-old point guard who is on an Exhibit 10 contract, scored seven of his 14 points in the third quarter.Montrezl Harrell led the Clippers in scoring, with 22 points in 23 minutes off the bench. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Guard Landry Shamet said the Clippers didn’t need to hear much from Rivers at intermission.“We knew our adjustment: The only adjustment was that they were playing harder than us, and you know, we had said that coming into the half, before Doc even got in here,” Shamet said. “And Doc’s good about it. That just goes to show how good of a coach he is, he knows us, he knows his team, he knew we were already on it. It wasn’t long-winded at halftime, he comes in and says what he needs to say and we go out and have to be pros and handle it.”Rivers’ version of what happened at halftime was similar, except to mention that he added one thing as he was leaving: “‘By the way, who is their best player?’ And the whole team said, ‘43.’ I said, ‘OK, I was just checking because it didn’t seem like you guys knew that.’ And that’s all I said.”The Clippers handed the birthday coach a 43-point third quarter and limited Chris Goulding (No. 43, and a member of the World Cup team that in August snapped the United States’ 78-game international winning streak) to just one second-half point (for 16 total).There was also a rendition of “Happy Birthday” sung by the rookies (including second-year guard Jerome Robinson and Shamet, who will continue to be considered rookies until the regular-season opener on Oct. 22) and plans for dinner later on Patrick Beverley. BANGED UPRivers could have done without seeing more of his players get banged up. Beverley sat for most of the second half after his calf was hurt, as was Amir Coffey’s late in the game. Shamet didn’t play in the second half, limited by a sore left wrist, the result of a fall in practice.Coffey was limping badly in the locker room after the game, but Shamet and Beverley said they’re merely being precautious with their injuries.Related Articleslast_img read more

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