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Bali officials are planning to launch a special task force to help prevent local transmission of covid-19 at traditional markets.

In recent weeks the number of cases traced back to local markets has skyrocketed and the Bali Provincial Government hopes the task force will prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus. 

market traders wearing masks and shields

“We hope that this task force or monitoring post will be able to conduct daily monitoring to prevent new clusters on traditional markets,” Dewa Made Indra, regional secretary to the Bali administration, said during a virtual meeting yesterday. 

bali market vendor

Dozens of confirmed COVID-19 cases have been linked back to the following markets:

  • Pasar Galiran in Klungkung regency
  • Pasar Kidul in Bangli regency
  • Pasar Kumbasari in Denpasar city
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The task force is expected to work with police and military to help educate citizens on the proper usage of masks and face shields along with proper hand washing. Visitors and sellers largely have ignored the first campaign that used posters and handouts at markets. 

badung market

“What’s concerning is that market sellers and visitors are dominated by groups of women belonging to the vulnerable age group,” Indra explained.

Indra further encouraged market coordinators to instill a sense of shame among themselves should their markets become a source of local covid-19 transmission.

badung market

“We must remember our moral responsibilities. There must be guilt if our negligence leads to more victims. So let us try our best. If we tried our best but cases still arise, that’s a different matter,” Indra concluded in the online meeting. 

Bali recorded 49 additional cases yesterday, bringing the provincial total to 1,493 and 14 deaths resulting from Covid-19. 

Traditional bali market

Over the past week hospital have started to report a lack of hospital beds to treat the sick including Sanglah hospital which has filled all of its isolation rooms. 

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