Jakarta, Dec 30: A nurse is under investigation at Indonesia for having gay sex with a COVID-19 patient in a hospital toilet, leaving PPE dispersed on the floor. The incident has created an uproar, for the country is hostile to LGBT rights.
The sexual relationship between the two was revealed after the patient reportedly posted about the same on Twitter, sharing a screenshot of a WhatsApp conversation. This was accompanied by a photo of the health worker’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), being scattered on the floor. Further investigations on the same are on, and as of now, the nurse is detained, for legal proceedings.
The number of coronavirus cases is increasing rapidly in Indonesia in the past months, since the outbreak began. The government is currently working on distributing COVID-19 vaccines to the citizens. Amid the ongoing health crisis, the officials at the Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital in Jakarta-an emergency facility for coronavirus patients were alerted about the latest incident about the gay nurse and their sexual relationship with a COVID-19 patient.
Both of them were arrested, and tested before being handed to Central Jakarta Police. According to Indonesia Expat, the patient was tested to the hospital after it was confirmed that they still tested positive for the virus. And the health worker was taken to custody for further legal proceedings.
It is unclear on what are the charges against them. “It is true that there has been a suspected incident of a same-sex relationship between a health worker and a COVID-19 patient at the Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital. Our response from the Indonesian National Nurses Association is that the alleged nurse must follow legal processing,” a representative for the Indonesian National Nurses Associated was quoted saying in the same report.
LGBTQ+ rights in the country lag far behind. Same-sex sexual relations are legal in most parts of Indonesia. But queer people often face violence and stigma. Gay sex is reportedly not illegal in Jakarta, but more information on the reported incident is awaited.
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The attack on the Imam Barga mosque came a week after a bombing claimed by a local Islamic State affiliate killed 46 people at a Shiite mosque in northern Afghanistan.
Murtaza, an eye-witness who like many Afghans goes by one name, said four suicide bombers attacked the mosque. Two detonated their explosives at a security gate, allowing the other two to run inside and strike the congregation of worshippers.
Speaking to The Associated Press by phone, he said Friday prayers are typically attended by around 500 people.
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Disaster management officials said the death toll may increase, Geo News reported.
According to the seismological centre, the epicentre was located near Harnai at a depth of 15 km.
The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said many of the dead were women and children.
The quake affected Quetta, Sibi, Harnai, Pishin, Qila Saifullah, Chaman, Ziarat and Zhob in Balochistan.
Images on social media showed people in the city of Quetta out on the streets in the aftermath of the quake, Dawn newspaper reported.
Aftershocks are still being felt in different areas. The earliest tremors were felt at 3:20 am after which panicked citizens rushed out of their houses reciting verses from the holy Quran. Relief and rescue activities are underway, with an emergency declared in all hospitals.
According to Deputy Commissioner of Harnai Sohail Anwar Hashmi, several people have been rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
He said that several buildings in Harnai have been damaged. Many people were left buried under the rubble.
The power supply to the area has been suspended, he said.
According to the rescue sources, more than 70 houses were reported damaged in Harnai.
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Around the world, an average of 8,000 deaths a day were reported, according to the outlet. However, it noted that the global death rate has slowed in recent weeks.
Reuters reported that it took over a year to accumulate 2.5 million deaths, but it took under eight months to accumulate the second 2.5 million deaths.
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