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Bali Virologist Warns Community About Another Potential Wave Of Covid-19 Transmissions

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A Bali virologist has warned the community about another potential wave of Covid-19 transmission in Bali.

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Virologist from the Bali Udayana University, I Gusti Ngurah Kade Mahardika stated that despite a significant reduction of Covid-19 transmission in Bali, people still need to be more aware of the transmission of the new Covid-19 variant that has recently been detected in Malaysia. “Although we only have 11 active Covid-19 cases, we need to be aware of a new Covid-19 variant called Delta Plus (AY.4.2) that has the potential to spread amongst the people in Bali,” Mahardika said.

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

However, Mahardika believes the new variant is less deadly than the previous Delta variant. “The third wave of Covid-19 transmission might occur in Bali, but I’m pretty confident that we can handle it, just like the previous Delta variant that was claimed to be the deadliest Covid-19 variant so far in this pandemic,” Mahardika added.

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Mahardika also reminds the Bali provincial government to increase tracing methods in Bali as one of the prevention stages to avoid Covid-19 cases from surging on the island. “Despite our achievement in handling the Covid-19 pandemic in Bali, officials still need to improve their epidemic countermeasure tools such as intensifying their tracing method,” Mahardika concluded.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of Bali’s Covid-19 Handling Task Force, Made Rentin said that the key to properly handling the current Covid-19 pandemic is prevention protocol implementation and vaccine distribution.

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Steven

Monday 22nd of November 2021

We should wait for Sage's conclussion on this, Sage is the organisation that advises the WHO on these matters. Over 50% of the worlds gene sequencing is conducted by sage in the uk, they are the most experienced and probably best placed to confirm whether this new strain is a cause for concern.

Wayan Bo

Friday 19th of November 2021

It’s more than serious warning, it’s forecasting. Europe is expecting about 100k deaths in next month’s.

GoodJobIndonesia

Wednesday 17th of November 2021

Expert of what exactly? I can't see his scientific work referenced anywhere. If you need the testimonies of renowned international experts, pls refer to Bhakdi, McCullough or Montanier... Now, any bogus expert can claim whatever stupidity and have it voiced by complacent media as long as it fits the narrative. Stop this nonsense urgently...

Randy

Friday 19th of November 2021

@GoodJobIndonesia, Nice try to convince the audience that covid -19 is NOT real.

Sucharit Bhakdi (retired microbiologis) in 2020 and 2021 became a prominent source of misinformation about the covid -19 pandemic.

Luke Montagnier (a French virologist) said there is no hope and no possible treatment for those who have been vaccinated already.

Can you explain as to why those who have not been vaccinated died of covid complication??

Micky

Tuesday 16th of November 2021

"the variant that was proven to be less deadly than the previous Delta variant." I didn't see any quote there in the article, whether that's Mahardika's opinion or yours (thebalisun), might want to be careful about saying that.. as it has not been proven that it's less deadly, it's still being highly observed globally. Especially right now, it's emerging in UK.

Carol Waltens

Monday 15th of November 2021

If Bali wants the Tourist to come back they are going to have to use the same policy that all other countries use and that would be you have to be vaccinated and arrived with a PCR test that is negative taken within 72 hours of leaving your original destination. At that point you are not forced into quarantine and you have to wear a mask in indoor areas and be mindful of social distancing and it works in all the other countries it can work in Bali. I have recreational traveled the many different countries in 2021 using the above rules I have not had any problem I have not been quarantined and I have enjoyed my travels and I have never had covid.