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WillScot Takes Action in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

BALTIMORE, March 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WillScot Corporation (“WillScot”) (Nasdaq: WSC), the specialty rental services market leader providing innovative modular space and portable storage solutions, today reported that the company is fully operational and is immediately deploying hundreds of units in support of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WillScot is uniquely qualified to support all aspects of this pandemic through its $2.6 billion (ABV) fleet of relocatable buildings and storage units from over 120 branch locations across the United States, Canada and Mexico, representing over 85 million square feet of temporary space, of which over 20 million is available for immediate deployment. Their temporary modular space solutions can be supplied fully furnished and range in size from 160 square feet, up to units that can be complexed together, configured up to three stories high, creating space exceeding 10,000 square feet. WillScot is configuring and deploying its units safely and efficiently to address evolving needs related to the pandemic, including testing and treatment centers, wash facilities, restrooms, mobile offices, distribution centers, storage for equipment and supplies, as well as a host of other uses.

Brad Soultz, President and Chief Executive Officer of WillScot, commented, “We are taking unprecedented steps to protect our employees and customers while actively deploying our temporary modular space solutions in every major metropolitan area in North America to help communities and companies care for the afflicted and blunt the advance of COVID-19. We have the technical expertise and the financial resources to be part of the solution and will do everything we can to help communities and companies persevere through this pandemic and continue to thrive in the future.”

The company is protecting its employees and customers by taking preventive measures, including increased cleaning protocols, social distancing, and remote work enablement to ensure seamless continuity of services. WillScot manages the most extensive branch network in the modular space industry and has implemented enhanced contingency plans to provide uninterrupted service should any locations need to close. These safeguards are allowing WillScot to fully support a diverse range of customers in communities across the United States, Canada and Mexico in their COVID-19 response efforts. You can read more about WillScot’s product offering and the steps they are taking to stay safe on its website: https://info.willscot.com/covid-19/?utm_source=usa&utm_medium=site-banner&utm_campaign=covid-19

About WillScot Corporation

Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, WillScot Corporation is the public holding company for the Williams Scotsman family of companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. WillScot Corporation trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker symbol “WSC.” WillScot is the specialty rental services market leader providing innovative modular space and portable storage solutions across North America. It is the modular space supplier of choice for the construction, education, health care, government, retail, commercial, transportation, security and energy sectors. With over half a century of innovative history, organic growth and strategic acquisitions, its fleet comprises approximately 150,000 modular space and portable storage units managed through its network of 120 locations.

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Indonesia obtains 150,000 rapid test kits for COVID-19 from China

Some 150 thousand test kits have arrived in the country. The Hercules plane that picked up the test kits yesterday makes a transit stop in Natuna now.  The plane will soon continue its flight to Jakarta.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian government has received 150 thousand rapid test kits from China to diagnose coronavirus or COVID-19 in the country, Achmad Yurianto, the government’s spokesman for the handling of COVID-19, stated.

“Some 150 thousand test kits have arrived in the country. The Hercules plane that picked up the test kits yesterday makes a transit stop in Natuna now. The plane will soon continue its flight to Jakarta,” Yurianto remarked during a press conference held by the COVID-19 Task Force at the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Building in Jakarta on Sunday.

The test kits will be used to conduct screening to detect whether the patients test positive or negative for the presence of coronavirus. The test will be conducted by drawing blood samples from patients, and the result will be known in under two minutes.

The test kits will be distributed across Indonesia in accordance with the classification of the local people’s risk of contracting COVID-19 based on the number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases, he stated.

Based on the confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 handled at hospitals, Yurianto said his side will track people, who had come in close contact with the patients. The rapid test kit will then be used on the people to screen for the presence of the virus, he noted.

The people, who had come in close contact with the patient, who had tested positive for COVID-19 are among those who are at a risk of contracting the coronavirus infection and must soon undergo a screening test for COVID-19.

In the near future, the Indonesian government will increase the number of rapid test kits to up to one million, he stated.

“In the not too distant future, we will bring them in larger numbers. We have targeted to receive one million rapid test kits to detect people, who are at a risk of contracting the coronavirus infection,” he noted.

If somebody is tested less than seven days before having contracted the coronavirus infection, then the result will come negative. Hence, the test must be repeated a week after the patient contracted the coronavirus infection to check whether he/she tested positive or negative for COVID-19, he explained.

Source: ANTARA News

Gojek, Halodoc launch telemedicine service “Check COVID-19”

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Gojek and Halodoc, in collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Health, launched an innovative telemedicine service called “Check COVID-19” to help deal with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Indonesia.

“The telemedicine solution offered is immensely helpful for the Indonesian health system in screening patients at risk for COVID-19,” Secretary General of the Indonesian Ministry of Health Oscar Primadi noted through an official statement on Sunday.

“In addition, Gojek and Halodoc have access to disseminate information and education on the prevention of COVID-19 to tens of millions of Indonesians,” he revealed.

The telemedicine or online consultation service is projected to help the government to focus on handling COVID-19 patients in the high-risk category or in medium-severe conditions.

“Through this collaboration with Halodoc and the Indonesian Ministry of Health, we not only disseminate various educational content on COVID-19 prevention but also open up access to millions of Indonesians to conduct initial checks for COVID-19,” Gojek Co-CEO Kevin Aluwi stated.

The telemedicine service, Check COVID-19, is supported by over 20 thousand licensed and experienced doctors in the Halodoc ecosystem and is available as a shuffle card in the Gojek application.

Users of the Gojek application can select the shuffle card of Check COVID-19 in the Gojek application view, and they will immediately be directed to the telemedicine service, Check COVID-19, on the Halodoc application.

The individual can then use Check COVID-19 on the Halodoc application to consult on symptoms being experienced and conduct a self-assessment or self-examination related to COVID-19.

In the event of suspected COVID-19 infection, doctors from Halodoc will attempt to treat the user by asking him/her to stay at home, self-isolate, and Gojek will deliver the prescribed medication to the user’s home.

However, if further treatment and action is required, the user will be referred to a referral hospital.

Halodoc CEO Jonathan Sudarta is optimistic that the technology ecosystem would be able to meet the needs of the community as a precautionary measure against the risk of COVID-19, from upstream to downstream.

“Our initial inspection system will help screen people with low, medium, to high risk for COVID-19,” Sudarta noted.

“We have also alerted more doctors, so that the public can receive free consultation at this time from doctors in the COVID-19 category anytime and anywhere,” he added.   

Source: ANTARA News

Surakarta postpones regional elections stages over COVID-19 concerns

                Solo, C Java (ANTARA) – The General Elections Commission (KPU) in Surakarta City, Central Java, decided to defer the stages of regional elections to thwart the spread of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as Indonesia is witnessing a rising death toll.

“A decision has been taken to postpone the holding of regional elections since March 22 for a period of time for which an announcement will be made later while waiting for the KPU officials in the provincial and national levels,” Head of the KPU-Surakarta Office Nurul Sutarti stated here on Monday.

The KPU-Surakarta Office’s decision had been stipulated in Letter Number 43/PP.01.2-Kpt/3372/KPU-Kot/IX/2019 containing a guideline of the technical stages, programs, and schedules of the 2020 Surakarta city mayor and deputy mayor elections, she noted.

The stages of the city’s regional elections that have been postponed comprise the swearing-in of polling station working committee members and their working period as well as the verification of requirements for supporting independent candidates, Sutarti expounded.

In addressing the impact of ongoing concerns over this global pandemic of COVID-19 on this year’s regional elections, the House of Representatives (DPR) had earlier urged the KPU and Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) to draft standard operating procedures (SOPs).

To this end, the related authorities, tasked with the convening of the regional elections, should not rush to take a decision on whether to cancel or still proceed with it, Chairman of the House’s Commission II Overseeing Home Affairs Ahmad Doli Kurnia emphasized.

“For the time being, every stage of the elections that had been scheduled may be implemented, but all activities, involving mass gatherings, need to be restricted and carried out in shifts,” he emphasized in his recent press statement.

The global pandemic of COVID-19 is expected to end soon and not disrupt the people’s activities, including the scheduled convening of this year’s simultaneous regional elections, he remarked.

Deputy House Speaker Sufmi Dasco Ahmad had also expressed concerns that at least 514 people in several Indonesian cities infected by COVID-19 might hinder the convening of the 2020 regional elections, scheduled simultaneously in 270 regions.

“The House urges the government to review the convening of this year’s simultaneous regional elections amid our ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak,” Ahmad affirmed.

As of March 22, the government revealed that Indonesia had 514 confirmed COVID-19 cases, while the death toll from this deadly virus had reached 48, and 29 COVID-19 patients had receive discharge from hospitals.

Regional elections were scheduled in 270 regions in Indonesia, comprising nine provinces, 224 districts, and 37 cities on September 23, 2020.

Source: ANTARA News

TNI’s contribution to handling COVID-19 patients draws praises

Jakarta (ANTARA) – A Golkar Party Faction legislator at the House of Representatives lauded the Indonesian Defence Forces (TNI) for deploying its 140 medical team members to help handle COVID-19 patients to be treated at Wisma Atlet.

“This step evidently demonstrates the TNI’s commitment and contribution to tackling the outbreak of COVID-19 that the Indonesian Government has declared as a national disaster,” Christina Aryani noted in a press statement made available to ANTARA in Jakarta on Monday.

The TNI medical team members, comprising general practitioners, specialists, nurses, and pharmacists, are stationed at Wisma Atlet, an athletes’ residence, in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, which the central government is using as a COVID-19 emergency hospital.

Aryani believes that the involvement of TNI’s medical team members will make the handling of COVID-19 cases more effective and efficient owing to their good reputation as well as high discipline and working spirit.

However, in containing the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, all community members should also respect and implement the Indonesian government’s healthcare protocols, including the need to apply social distancing consistently, she emphasized.

As part of its endeavors to tackle this COVID-19, the government had dispatched an Indonesian Air Force Hercules C-130 plane to Pudong International Airport in Shanghai to transport nine tons of China’s medical assistance.

The military cargo plane arrived at Pudong Airport at 10:20 p.m. local time on Saturday and departed from the airport at 00:40 a.m. local time on Sunday. The plane made a transit stop at Sanya Airport in Hainan Province before continuing its flight to Indonesia.

“The plane was sent to transport the assistance at the initiative of the Indonesian Defense Ministry,” Indonesian Ambassador to China Djauhari Oratmangun told ANTARA.

Indonesia’s Deputy Chief of Mission in Beijing, Dino Kusnadi, affirmed that medical assistance in the form of masks, goggles, protective clothing, and COVID-19 test kits was donated by different parties, including Inacham and Tsingshan Charity Foundation.

The medical assistance is the first phase of aid. China is expected to send another 20 tons of medical aid for Indonesia.

Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto has earlier written a letter to the TNI commander requesting to transport the medical assistance to the country. The ministry has also formed a special team to handle the COVID-19 outbreak.

As of March 22, the government announced that Indonesia had 514 confirmed COVID-19 cases, while the death toll from this deadly virus had reached 48, and 29 COVID-19 patients had been discharged from hospitals.

Source: ANTARA News