Women farmers in Menang Raya village, South Sumatra, are weaving plant fibers to produce masks to help protect villagers from COVID-19. Prior to the outbreak, the farmers used the sewing machines to craft decorative objects from purun (Chinese water chestnuts), which are commonly found in peatland. Dwi Rahayu Februarti, a resident of Yogyakarta, designed a transparent mask to help deaf people communicate while protecting themselves.Online health fundraising platform WeCare is campaigning to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare personnel across the country to remedy the lack of equipment. The campaign, under the hashtag #APDuntukNegeri (#PPEfortheCountry), had raised Rp 8.1 billion (US$512,904) as of Thursday.Volunteers provide emotional support to those in isolation As COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to climb in Indonesia and large-scale social restrictions remain in place across the country, it is easy to lose sight of the positive developments in the struggle against the outbreak. The Jakarta Post has compiled some good news to provide a glimpse of optimism in the bleak situation:Citizens produce masks to help protect their neighbors Tens of thousands of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients are currently undergoing isolation – both in hospitals and in their own homes – and may be cut off from their families.In Jakarta, volunteer group Jakarta Maju Bersama has invited people to become social companions for COVID-19 patients and those suspected of having the disease in the capital city, joining an initiative to ensure that those confined to isolation receive the emotional support they need.Companies and communities work together to provide food for medical workersMulti-service app Grab has collaborated with dozens of its restaurant partners to provide 1,000 food packages to medical workers in Bandung and Cimahi, West Java, in an initiative to help frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19.Other restaurants and communities, such as United States-based restaurant chain Pizza Hut and Ngikan restaurants have also donated food packages to medical workers.Air quality in Jakarta improves during COVID-19 pandemicThe Jakarta Environment Agency has reported that the air quality has improved since the city ordered physical distancing, urged offices to suspend operations and limited public transportation on March 23 to combat the spread of COVID-19. According to the agency’s data, the concentration of PM2.5 particulate matter, inhalable pollutant particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, was below 40 micrograms per cubic meter on March 26, down from more than 60 mcg/cbm on March 19.Topics :
Philadelphia has found a way to fill the void in Cre’Von LeBlanc’s absence.After the Eagles cornerback went down with a foot injury in training camp, Philadelphia signed Orlando Scandrick to a one-year deal Saturday following his workout with the team. Earl Thomas drills receiver in Ravens’ first padded practice The Eagles waived defensive tackle Anthony Rush to make room on the roster for Scandrick. Roster Move: #Eagles have signed CB Orlando Scandrick to a one-year contract and waived DT Anthony Rush.#FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/9DizgOHx9m— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) July 27, 2019Scandrick, 32, was selected by the Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2008 draft. He had 362 tackles, 11.5 sacks and eight interceptions during his nine seasons in Dallas and added 38 tackles and three passes defended in 11 games for the Redskins in 2017. Related News Tyreek Hill welcomed by cheers at Chiefs training camp Cardinals cut ‘not in shape’ Robert Nkemdiche after 3 seasons He finished last season with 44 tackles and a career-high 13 passes defensed to go with one interception and one forced fumble in 15 games for the Chiefs after signing a one-year deal.Scandrick adds depth to a depleted Eagles defense dealing with more than LeBlanc’s injury, as Ronald Darby continues to work his way back from a torn ACL and Jalen Mills (foot) remains on the Active/PUP list.