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Bali Government Tightens Restrictions On Partial Lockdown

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo publicly announced that the implementation of the partial lockdown in Bali and Java is ineffective, leading Bali Provincial Government to evaluate and revise the policy.

The Head of Daily Covid-19 Handling Task Force Bali Province, Dewa Made Indra, said that according to his observation, the cases tend to surge on certain days.

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(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yaika)

“We’ve already evaluated the patterns with Bali Governor, I Wayan Koster, and are trying to find the cause,” Made Indra said during a press conference in Bali Cultural Park on Monday evening (2/1). 

Following a discussion with the governor, the decision was made to extend the partial lockdown while tightening restrictions. Accordingly, more people are asked to work from home to reduce physical contact.

Bali locals police masks
(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yaika)

Additionally, asymptomatic patients confirmed positive with the virus will no longer be allowed to self-isolate, now they must quarantine at a government approved facility.

“The Governor has stated that there will be no more self-isolation, they have to undergo quarantine at the hotels provided by the government.” Made Indra added.

Bali Covid-19 Handling Task Force recorded a spike in new cases on Jan 26/21 with 542 new cases and another 540 the following day.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yaika)

Meanwhile, authorities have arranged 17 hotels to accommodate asymptomatic COVID-19 patients in Bali. 

According to data from the Indonesian Health Ministry, the accumulative COVID-19 cases in Indonesia, as of Feb 1/21 have reached 1,089,308, with 883,682 recoveries and 30,277 deaths.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yaika)

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Ronald Carter

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Testing for coronavirus needs to be stepped up. To at least 5,000 per day then there maybe some hope of containing the virus. People who are asymptomatic need to be detected promptly because they are more likely to spread the virus. The governor Wayan Koster received the vaccine in a blaze of publicity. When are the other 4.3 million citizen of Bali going to get their vaccine?? The way the governor has handled this pandemic from the start has been deplorable.

Peter

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Unfortunately, discipline is not as respected as it is necessary in this case. There are still ceremonies taking place in Bali that are attended by many people. partly without mask and minimum distance. as long as religion is above health, nothing can beat the virus.

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