COVID-19: Jokowi cancels Idul Fitri open house event at State Palace

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will not host an open house public gathering at the State Palace on the first day of the Idul Fitri holidays on Monday to comply with physical distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.Last year, the President hosted a similar event at Merdeka Palace, with thousands thronging to greet him.“An open house will involve a large mass gathering that can increase COVID-19 transmission, therefore, the President will not host the event,” presidential staffer Angkie Yudistia wrote in a statement on Friday. Read also: Some regional leaders to allow mass Idul Fitri prayers despite calls to worship at homeShe added that Jokowi understood that Idul Fitri was a moment to forgive each other and to strengthen ties with relatives and friends. However, people needed to maintain physical distance and communicate online instead, Angkie said.“All meetings held and attended by the President are conducted virtually using video. There should be no exception for Idul Fitri gatherings.”The government previously declared a ban on all mass religious activities, including Idul Fitri congregational prayers, to prevent a spike in COVID-19 cases. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

CECAFA; Kenya beat Tanzania 1-0 to go top of Group A

first_imgCongratulations @HarambeeStars for qualifying for semi finals. #CecafaKE2017 #CECAFA2017 pic.twitter.com/Lyr9eUfpX8— Jacob Oyugi (@Jacob_Oyugi) December 11, 2017Share on: WhatsApp The draw for the Bright Stars means they could only manage to pick one point from the three group matches, having conceded eight goals, to finish at the bottom. Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Hosts Kenya maintained their unbeaten form to beat rock-bottom Tanzania 1-0 to go top of Group A and qualify to the semi-finals of the Cecafa Challenge Cup on Monday.Burly striker Vincent Oburu scored the decisive goal in the 20th minute that proved vital for the home side after close rivals Libya enyoyed a shock 1-0 win over the group pacesetters, Zanzibar in the early kick-off at the Kenyatta stadium in Machakos.The result put Kenya at the top of the five-team group on eight points ahead of Zanzibar, who have seven points while Libya, only taking part as guests finished an impressive third on six points.Kenya will now meet Burundi in the first semi-final on December 14 in Kisumu, with Zanzibar taking on holders, Uganda the following day.Burundi finished second in Group B after being held to a scoreless draw by lowly South Sudan in the final group match in Kakamega on Monday.last_img read more