Buleleng COVID-19 Handling Task Force conducted rapid antigen testing during a religious ceremony at Agung Jagatnatha Temple in Buleleng. Attendees at the Pagerwesi celebration on Wednesday (3/2) were selected at random to undergo testing before they were allowed entry into the temple.
The Deputy Chief of Buleleng Covid-19 Handling Task Force, Lieutenant Colonel Inf. Windra Lisrianto, said that the target was to test at least 150 people to prevent creating a new cluster from the event.
“We had communicated this program with the regional government before the event. We also arranged medical staff to help us with the testing,” Lisrianto said.
100 rapid antigen 50 rapid antibody test kits were prepared for the event.
Meanwhile, the Secretary of Buleleng Covid-19 Handling Task Force, Gede Suyasa, said that he deployed his team to conduct the program in many temples in Buleleng today (3/1).
“We still allow them to do the ceremony, but I remind them always to follow the prevention protocols. We limit the capacity of each temple to prevent creating large crowds inside the temple.” Suyasa said.
The same program was implemented at Sanur Beach during the partial lockdown that is currently being implemented. Officials rapid antigen tested 71 people on Sunday (31/1), with one of them resulting positive.
Officials want to make sure that everyone who visits Sanur beach is free from COVID-19 as the number of new cases continues to surge in Denpasar.
“There are no restrictions to enter the beach area, but everyone must follow prevention protocols and keep a safe distance between one another,” said the official.
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Thursday 4th of February 2021
Handling Task Force conducted rapid antigen selected people at random. Selecting people at random is ridiculous. All the Attendees at the Pagerwesi celebration should have been tested. Officials rapid antigen tested 71 people on Sunday resulting in one person testing positive. Testing 71 people is once again ridiculous. 710 people tested would give a more accurate indication as to who has the virus and where it is spreading. Bali needs to be testing 5,000 people per day at least to get a handle on the virus.