The Indonesian President, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has instructed Bali Officials to increase testing and contact tracing once the border reopens.
During the President’s visit to Bali on Friday (8/10), Jokowi and several Bali Officials met at Governor’s Office to discuss the Covid-19 handling progress in Bali. On the agenda was preparations for the reopening of Bali to international visitors from some select countries on October 14th 2021.
Apart from the travel bubble program going into effect, Jokowi has instructed the Bali Provincial Government to prepare for the G-20 Meeting Conference that was planned to be held in Bali and to increase their testing and contact tracing program. Jokowi did mention that he appreciated the Bali provincial government’s effort in reducing Covid-19 transmission by rapidly distributing Covid-19 vaccines to residents.
“We have to show them that we can manage and handle the situation in Bali. And I’ve also heard from Bali Vice Governor, Cok Ace that Bali has surpassed their vaccination target as most of Bali population have already been vaccinated.” Jokowi said on Friday (8/10). According to data, 80% of Bali population has completed the vaccination program.
Despite their achievement on vaccine distribution, Jokowi admitted that the tracing and testing program in most regions in Bali are still considered low. “These small details such as tracing and testing must be increased once the border reopens for international tourists. Entry requirements such as the quarantine policy will be set by Ministers.” Jokowi concluded.