Semarang launches first drive-thru PCR test for COVID-19

first_imgThe other four laboratories are the Center for Research and Development of Vector and Reservoir Diseases (B2P2VRP) in Salatiga, the Kariadi Hospital in Semarang, the Moewardi Hospital and Sebelas Maret University Hospital, both in Surakarta.The drive-thru service lets people have their specimens taken without getting out of their car. They only need to stop their vehicle in front of the hospital lobby. Medical workers using protective gear will immediately come over to take a swab sample.RSND director Sutopo Patriajati said the method was considered safe and aimed at reducing the potential of COVID-19 transmission, as people did not need to crowd in a waiting room and make contact with many people.Sutopo said the lab was able to process up to 100 swab samples per day.”We will continue increasing the lab capacity and human resources, as well as testing more samples,” he said.With the establishment of RSND as a PCR laboratory, the handling of COVID-19 in Central Java is expected to be faster.”Health workers could make faster decisions in handling COVID-19 patients as the need to treat patients in hospitals keeps growing,” Ganjar said.Topics : Diponegoro National Hospital (RSND) in Semarang is offering drive-thru polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for COVID-19, lauded as the only such service in Central Java.“This is very cool. Very innovative. I think this drive-thru PCR test is the first in Central Java,” Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said when launching the service on Wednesday.RSND of Diponegoro University is the fifth laboratory appointed to conduct PCR tests to detect COVID-19 in the province.last_img read more

Corrupt migration agents swindle Australian visa hopefuls

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram You don’t have to use a migration agent to apply for an Australian visa, but many desperate hopefuls interested in a better life have turned to these professionals for help only to be swindled out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.The Department of Home Affairs released recent findings from probes that show that there are agents that regularly falsify documents to obtain visas. In November-December 2018, it was found that eight migration agents had been suspended or expelled from the profession for inappropriate conduct. In 2018, there were 34 penalties faced by migration agents.Candidates interested in applying for a visa should ensure that they are seeking assistance from a registered migration agent that is up-to-date with current laws and procedures. Though a migrant agent can help prepare the visa application and advise a visa applicant about their documentation, they do not have the authority to influence the outcome, fast-track the processing period or guarantee a visa.last_img read more