Indonesia military academy hit by virus outbreak Jul 13, 2020 0 27 12345 AFPBandungNearly 1,300 people at a military academy in Indonesia have tested positive for the coronavirus, an official said, as the country struggles to contain the epidemic.The Indonesian Army Officer Candidate School in the country’s most populated province of West Java has been quarantined and 30 people were initially hospitalised with mild symptoms, the army’s chief of staff, General Andika Perkasa, said late Saturday. Of the 1,280 confirmed infections, 991 were cadets and the rest were staff and their family members, he said. Most had no symptoms.Seventeen were still in hospital on Saturday.The outbreak was first detected when two cadets went to a medical facility after complaining of fever and back pain. Both tested positive for COVID-19, sparking mass swab testing at the academy, which has 2,000 staff and cadets.It is not clear how the cadets were infected, Perkasa said, but some staff live outside the military complex.The governor of West Java apologised for the outbreak and urged residents to restrict their movements in and out of the neighbourhood where the academy is located until it is brought under control. Indonesia is the hardest hit country in Southeast Asia with more than 74,000 known cases of COVID-19 and over 3,500 deaths. The real toll is widely believed to be much higher, however, with experts saying limited testing was understating the true scale of the crisis.The World Health Organization recently urged Indonesia to do more testing. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Hongkongers rally to vote in pro-democracy primaries in defiance Jul 13, 2020 0 464 Aishwarya, daughter Aaradhya test positive for coronavirus Jul 13, 2020 0 398 Australia cannot guarantee residency for Hong Kongers, says minister Jul 13, 2020 0 35 Quake rattles Chinese city hit by massive 1976 disaster AFP Beijing A 4.7-magnitude earthquake struck the northern Chinese city of Tangshan on Sunday, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), reviving memories of a devastating 1976 quake there that was the .. Thailand plans to test trial COVID-19 vaccine on humans by October Bangkok Thai researchers said on Sunday they would begin testing a new coronavirus vaccine on humans from October following successful trials on animals. A pharmaceutical company will begin producing doses of the .. Sri Lanka cancels election rallies over new virus wave AFP Colombo Sri Lanka’s ruling party Sunday called off its rallies ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections and delayed the international airport’s reopening over a surge in virus cases. The South Asian country of 21 .. Amitabh Bachchan stable, his home Jalsa containment zone New Delhi Bollywood superstar actor Amitabh Bachchan is stable with mild symptoms of the novel coronavirus, the hospital where he is admitted in Mumbai said on Sunday. The 77-year-old and his son Abhishek Bachchan were .. Afghan govt calls for Taliban to return to peace process DPA Kabul An Afghan government spokesperson on Sunday called for the Taliban to reject violence and return to the stalled intra-Afghan peace process in the wake of weeks of bloodshed across the country. “The time has come .. Indonesian police foil attempt to smuggle 36 endangered turtles Jakarta: Indonesian authorities have detained seven people for allegedly attempting to smuggle 36 endangered green sea turtles, police said Sunday. The police in Bali nabbed the smugglers in the waters off Serangan, a ..