Indonesia reports higher COVID-19 death rate among children than United States

first_img“That means that 145 of 16,007 infected children of the age group have died,” Ainun told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.Read also: COVID-19 infections among children overshadow plans to reopen schoolsIn comparison, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Thursday that 0.02 percent of all child COVID-19 cases resulted in death, or 82 children had died from a total of 355,123 COVID-19 cases in children aged 0-17 years in the US.According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the US is still the world’s coronavirus epicenter with more than 6.1 million cases and 185,000 deaths, while Indonesia recorded more than 184,000 cases and 7,700 deaths.  In a separate statement issued on Monday, the Indonesian Pediatric Society (IDAI) noted that the country’s rate was higher than the rates in China and Italy, each of which stood below 0.1 percent, as well as Europe, where the rate was 0.3 percent.The percentage of child deaths per total COVID-19 deaths is also high in Indonesia. Children accounted for 1.9 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in which victims’ age were provided, which exceeded 7,000 on Thursday, official data show.Child deaths in the US, meanwhile, only accounted for 0.06 percent of 136,683 COVID-19 deaths, the CDC reported.IDAI chairman Aman Bhakti Pulungan said most of the child deaths in the country occurred because of late treatment and comorbidity factors.Aman said that, because COVID-19 symptoms may resemble those of other illnesses common among children, like diarrhea and pneumonia, and because of a lack of awareness, among other factors, such cases ended up being treated like other diseases.Read also: Grim picture as Indonesia enters sixth month of COVID-19 outbreakGiven the high share of children among COVID-19 fatalities in the country, concerns have been raised over the government’s plan to allow more schools in low-risk areas to reopen.“[The situation] is not yet safe for children to go back to school. Many schools are not ready with the health protocol, not to mention that many people are still not complying with the health protocol,” said Ainun.According to a Federation of Indonesian Teachers Associations (FSGI) survey published in June, around 53.4 percent of schools in 34 provinces across the country say they are not ready to resume face-to-face teaching due to a lack of infrastructure and funds.For the reopening, the Education and Culture Ministry requires that schools have clean toilets, handwashing facilities, disinfectant, infrared thermometers and access to health facilities.Schools are furthermore required to limit the number of students per classroom to 18, or roughly 50 percent of the normal capacity. Meanwhile, students have to adhere to physical distancing measures and wear masks.Topics : Indonesia is reportedly among the countries with the highest COVID-19 death rate among children, surpassing the United States, the world’s worst-hit country by the pandemic.  KawalCOVID-19, a volunteer group that independently records virus case numbers and deaths in Indonesia, recorded a case fatality rate (CFR) among children, or people aged 17 years and younger, was currently at 0.9 percent, or 45 times higher than in the United States, which was at 0.02 percent.The CFR is defined as the proportion of infections resulting in death. KawalCOVID-19 co-founder Ainun Najib said that, according to national COVID-19 task force data, the CFR among Indonesian children aged 0-17 years was 0.9 percent.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Applauds Passage of Clean Slate Legislation

first_img Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement on the passage of House Bill 1419, the “Clean Slate” bill: “The Clean Slate bill helps us accomplish something I have worked hard to do since I took office, make our criminal justice system fairer, more equitable, and more focused on rehabilitation,” Governor Wolf said. “Passage of the Clean Slate law allows for many people to move on with their lives with greater chances for success. This means better career, housing and education options. “I thank the General Assembly for its bi-partisan efforts to pass this important piece of legislation that will help Pennsylvanians. It’s another step in the right direction to reform the state’s criminal justice system and allow people the opportunity to succeed. I look forward to signing this bill into law.” HB1419 provides those with low-level, non-violent criminal records a mechanism to have their record sealed from public view.Nearly 3 million Pennsylvanians of working age are estimated to have criminal records with many that are only minor. The legislation proposes the following structure for sealing records: Nonviolent Misdemeanor Convictions – Sealing would occur after an individual has remained crime-free for 10 years.Non-Conviction Records – Sealing would be done as a matter of course, given that the presumption of innocence is one of the bedrocks of the American criminal justice system. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 22, 2018center_img Governor Wolf Applauds Passage of Clean Slate Legislationlast_img read more