This summer’s Olympics is not going to be just about the greatest athletes in the world: it’s going to feature some of the biggest scandals in Olympic history, including a disgraced former Olympic swimmer, a disgraced former Olympian, and a disgraced former Olympian. However, the biggest scandal of all may be former Olympic volleyball player Christa Harmotto, who tested positive for the “designer drug” Covid-19, which is used to treat depression and anxiety.
Team USA volleyball player Carli Lloyd has been selected to the US women’s volleyball team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Unfortunately, Lloyd will not be able to compete due to a positive drug test for a substance called Covid-19. The substance is banned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and comes with a two-year suspension if found on the athlete’s body. Covid-19 is a new designer drug, which has been linked to several positive drug tests in recent months.
Tim Cone, a U.S. volleyball player who’s previously represented his country in the Olympics, failed a doping test after the Rio Games in August, and he’ll miss the Tokyo Olympics as a result. Cone was found with the same substance in his system that recently led to the suspension of U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte. “This is a tough day for me and my family,” Cone said in a statement. “I have given my best, and I am so proud of the work the USA Volleyball program has done.”
On July 18 in Bekasi, Indonesia, Covid-19 victims get care in an emergency tent at Bekasi General Hospital. (Getty Images/Oscar Siagian)
For most of last year, it seemed that Indonesia’s Covid-19 epidemic had been substantially contained.
As a catastrophic second wave sweeps across the archipelago, the island country – home to roughly 270 million people – has become Asia’s new hub of the epidemic, reporting more daily cases and fatalities than hard-hit India.
With tens of thousands of illnesses being reported every day, experts believe the country’s health-care system is on the verge of collapse if the virus spreads unchecked.
Infections began to rise around the end of May, after the Eid Al-Fitr festivals, which marked the end of the Islamic fasting month, and quickly multiplied.
The problem is being exacerbated, according to scientists, by the emergence of the more virulent Delta strain, which was originally discovered in India.
In late June, Jan Gelfand, chairman of the Indonesian delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), stated, “Every day we see this Delta variation pushing Indonesia closer to the brink of a Covid-19 disaster.”
Experts have criticized the government for its sluggish reaction in not enforcing tight lockdowns when instances were first reported in the nation last year, as well as its apparent inability to invest in effective testing and tracking mechanisms.
According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University, Indonesia reported over 3 million total illnesses and over 76,000 fatalities as of July 20. However, experts believe that the numbers understate the true extent of the disease in the nation owing to a lack of testing.
In July, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a study stating that insufficient testing remains an issue, with more than half of provinces reporting testing rates below the required threshold.
“Many jurisdictions are unable to isolate confirmed cases on time without proper testing,” the study said.
In early July, Indonesian Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin told CNN that officials were initially unaware of how fast the virus was spreading during this current wave.
On July 3, the islands of Java and Bali, as well as other cities throughout the archipelago, were put under emergency lockdown. Domestic travel is not prohibited, although a negative Covid-19 test is required.
Indonesia extended the Covid-19 limitations until July 25.
On July 15, 2021, normally bustling streets in downtown Jakarta, as the highly contagious Delta strain sweeps across Indonesia.
According to specialists, the second wave has impacted people of all ages. According to the Indonesian Pediatric Society, the number of children dying from the illness has tripled in recent weeks.
Since the outbreak began, more than 550 children have died, with almost a quarter of them dying in the first few weeks of July.
According to Aman B. Pulungan, president of the Indonesian Society of Paediatrics, parents often mistake the symptoms for a normal cold and fail to get their children checked.
“By the time they discover it’s Covid-19, the situation has already deteriorated,” Aman said. “We don’t always have enough time to rescue the youngsters when they are taken to the hospital. This occurs often.”
The increase has had an impact on frontline employees as well. Despite being vaccinated with Sinovac, more than 350 physicians and medical workers in Java contracted Covid-19 in early July. The majority of the employees were asymptomatic at home and self-isolated, but dozens were admitted to hospitals with high fevers and low oxygen saturation levels.
More information about the Covid-19 problem in Indonesia may be found here.
Amy Sood of CNN provided reporting.
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