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Two Domestic Tourists Contracted Omicron After Visiting Bali

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Two domestic tourists from Surabaya have tested positive with the Omicron variant after visiting Bali for vacation.

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The Head of the Denpasar Police Department, Kombes Pol Jansen Avitus Panjaitan, confirmed that Bali authorities are tracking down the activities of the two tourists who contracted the Omicron variant during their stay in Bali.

“We tracked down all the places they visited and everyone who had contact with them to check for potential transmission,” Kombes Pol Jansen said Monday (3/1).

Bali covid testing

Authorities suspect that eleven people had contact with the tourists, including the staff of the hotel that their family stayed at in early December 2021. The Head of the Bali Health Agency, Dr. I Ketut Suarjaya, confirmed that they were tested and are negative from Covid-19.

“According to test results from Monday evening, all suspected contacts are negative from Covid-19,” Dr. Suarjaya said. However, Suarjaya doubts that these domestic tourists contracted Omicron during their stay in Bali.

Indonesia hotel staff

“The family stayed in Bali from the 11th to 15th of December 2021, but they tested positive with the Omicron variant on the 1st of January 2022. So I don’t think they got it when they were in Bali, as the virus only has a 14-day incubation period,” Surajaya added.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Bali, I Wayan Koster, reminds Bali residents to comply with prevention protocols and hopes nothing will disrupt all the international events scheduled in Bali for 2022. “Hopefully, our upcoming big events won’t be affected as we keep on following protocols,” Koster said at his office on Monday (3/1).

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Paul Speirs

Thursday 6th of January 2022

Only one year late for the international airport to open and when the important people have left it will be closed as the pandemic is still with us.

J West

Wednesday 5th of January 2022

Clarification: Delta variant has an incubation period of up to 21 days. Omicron has an incubation period of 2-3 days.

Wayan Bo

Friday 7th of January 2022

@J West, Incubation times: Omicron 3 to 5 days, Delta 10 - 12 days.

21 days to 30 days is for sure the safest isolation time.

Wayan Bo

Wednesday 5th of January 2022

Should be tested again, because tests aren’t 100% trustworthy.