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.
“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.
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.
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.
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