The central government through the Maritime and Investment Coordinator Minister, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has criticized the way the Bali governor is handling Covid-19 transmissions on the island.
During his visit to inspect the vaccination program in Bali, Luhut was surprised after knowing that Covid-19 transmissions keep surging despite the vaccination program that has been initiated for Bali residents. “I find it pretty weird that as the percentage of the Covid-19 vaccine distribution in Indonesia increases, Bali still records numerous Covid-19 cases each day. At this point, I know that something is wrong in the way that authorities are handling the pandemic here.” Luhut said on Thursday (12/8).
As a response to this situation, Luhut urged Balu Governor, I Wayan Koster to optimize their efforts in preventing Covid-19 transmissions, so the economic activity on the island can recover as soon as possible. “I’ve already instructed the Bali Governor to get a better handle on this situation, and I want to see results in the next 7 days. If other provinces were able to do it, I believe that Bali can do it as well.” Luhut added. He explained that this challenge was given to the governor to regain the trust from international visitors, and reduce their hesitance in visiting the island when the border reopens.
He asked the governor to be more focused on three main factors in handling Covid-19 transmissions in Bali such as :
- Optimizing the centralized quarantine program for asymptomatic Covid-19 patients at government facilities to prevent creating family clusters.
- Optimizing the tracing and testing program.
- Reducing religious activities that could potentially create new clusters of Covid-19 transmissions due to so many people gathering together.
Luhut believes that Covid-19 transmission would significantly reduce if all these factors are properly implemented on the island.