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Photos of Bali Reveal How The Once-Packed Tourist Island Has Become a Ghost Town

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The streets of Bali that were once bustling with tourists are now empty as Indonesia struggles during the coronavirus pandemic.

Thousands of Bali residents have been left jobless after the Indonesian government declared a total state of emergency banning all non-citizens from entering the country.

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The streets of Bali that were once bustling with tourists are now unrecognisable as Indonesia struggles to keep afloat amid the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus (pictured: empty street in Bali)
A motorist is seen passing through the deserted streets around Ground Zero Memorial in Bali

Last year, a record breaking  1.2 million Australians visited the island with many holidaying at hot spots like Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu.

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A deserted beach in Bali. Thousands of workers have been left jobless after tourists were banned from entering Indonesia

But since no more tourists are flooding in, Bali has become a ghost town with tour guides, hotel workers and shop owners struggling with the hit to the economy.

‘The coronavirus has collapsed the Balinese economy … it’s been a steep drop since [mid-March] when social-distancing measures were put in place,’ Mr Kandia a tour guide for the last 35 years told ABC

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The boardwalk of Pandawa Beach is empty in the wake of coronavirus in South Kuta, Bali at the end of March
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Shops are seen closed in streets of Kuta, Bali after tourists were banned from entering into Indonesia
Closed souvenir shops are seen in Kuta, a hot spot for tourists in the Indonesian city. The city has since been left scarce of any tourists
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Tourists are seen breaking rules to sit on Jimbaran Beach after the beach was closed on March 31

Around 12 million people in Indonesia work in tourism based roles.

The government announced a total of $40billion would be used to help the Indonesian economy in three different stimulus packages.

It includes tax breaks and subsidies for individuals and businesses, along with an online upskill and training programs that can help out those financially impacted from coronavirus

But not everyone can access these programs and are forced to instead rely on their own councils to provide food and support. 

The Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport
The Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport is almost empty after the virus spread throughout Indonesia, infecting more than 2,400 people

There are more than 2,400 cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia and 209 people have died. 

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