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The country’s COVID-19 task force will administer more polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, which are believed to be more accurate than rapid tests. “It turns out that not all rapid tests are effective,” the task force’s head, Doni Monardo, said during a virtual meeting with the House of Representatives on Monday.“Thus we will procure more PCR test kits.” President Joko “Jokowi” Jokowi has called on the Health Ministry and the COVID-19 task force to speed up PCR and rapid testing to obtain clear data on confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the country.The government is expecting the delivery of PCR test kits from South Korea. Seoul’s LG Corp plans to provide 50,000 test kits for Indonesia, according to a press release issued by the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister on Monday.Doni said the government had disbursed 500,000 test kits for rapid testing across the country as of Monday. Jakarta, the national epicenter of the outbreak, has performed the rapid test on 24,015 people across the province as of Monday. Of them, 589 people returned positive results.West Java, the second-hardest hit province, found 677 people with COVID-19 from rapid tests performed on 22,000 people in 27 cities and regencies.Topics : A PCR test detects whether a person has contracted the novel coronavirus by swabbing the nose and throat, while the rapid test detects whether a person has been exposed to the virus through a blood sample. Experts have repeatedly cast doubt over rapid tests, which they claim give less accurate results than PCR tests.“We will still administer rapid tests but there are consequences,” said Doni. “Rapid tests usually need to be administered more than once. Some people that test negative via the rapid test have tested positive using the PCR method or vice versa.”Doni, who also heads the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said separately that the government had disbursed Rp 14 billion (US$849,643) to the Jakarta-based Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology to increase its capacity to conduct PCR testing.Read also: Carry out proper mass testing with PCR, experts say
‘No one comes close’ – Jamie Redknapp names his Premier League player of the season Advertisement Jamie Redknapp’s six-man shortlist 1. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)2. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)3. David Silva (Manchester City)4. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)5. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)6. Harry Kane (Tottenham) Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 Feb 2019 11:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Virgil van Dijk has helped Liverpool climb to the top of the table (Picture: Getty)‘Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kane — Salah’s golden boot rivals — also have to be included.‘Aubameyang has been prolific in an Arsenal team who have struggled for creativity while Kane remains Spurs’ most important player.‘His goals have been worth six points to Spurs — more than any player — and his late strikes against PSV salvaged their Champions League campaign.‘At Manchester City, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva have all enjoyed excellent seasons but I would argue that David Silva should be on the shortlist.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Now 33 and without Kevin De Bruyne alongside him for most of the campaign, he has been the heartbeat of Pep Guardiola’s side.‘Chelsea may have blown hot and cold, but you cannot discount Eden Hazard. He is our league’s most naturally talented player and is in double figures for goals and assists.‘With this award, timing is everything. This time last year De Bruyne was the clear favourite, only for Salah to storm into the running. But looking at the season so far, these six are the outstanding candidates.’Premier League leaders Liverpool face West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday evening.MORE: Jamie Carragher slams Shkodran Mustafi after Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City Comment Advertisement Jamie Redknapp has named his stand-out players of the season (Picture: Getty)Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is on course to be crowned the Premier League player of the year, according to Jamie Redknapp.Netherlands international Van Dijk has played a huge role in helping Liverpool climb to the top of the table this season.Before last weekend’s 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace, Liverpool had conceded just nine goals in the league.Redknapp says ‘no one comes close’ to Van Dijk, although the former England international suggested five other players in with a shot of ending the season as player of the year.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 City‘No one comes close to Virgil van Dijk,’ Redknapp told the Daily Mail.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He has transformed Liverpool into a rock-solid team who are favourites to win their first league title for 29 years.‘His team-mate and reigning player of the year Mo Salah must fancy his chances of defending the crown.‘He has followed up a record-breaking first season at Anfield by topping the scoring charts with 16 goals.
1 West Ham striker Modibo Maiga could be in hot water with his loan club Metz after reports in France claim he failed to turn up for the trip to Marseille at the weekend.Maiga was desperate to get his career back on track following a nightmare spell at Upton Park and was hoping his season-long loan move back to France would help him get back among the goals.The Mali forward had scored four goals in 11 appearances for the newly promoted side.But reports in France claim he was told last Thursday by coach Albert Cartier that he would be dropped for the league game and is said to have reacted angrily to the news.French newspaper La Provence is stating that he did not turn up for the plane which travelled to the south of France and could now face a severe punishment. To make matters worse for Maiga, Metz lost the game 3-1 and were only able name six substitutes. Modibo Maiga