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Authorities are waiting one more week to see if the last holiday caused an increase in COVID-19 cases before cancelling New Year’s events.

The Covid-19 handling task force has been observing transmission rates after the last holiday at the end of October brought an estimated 16,000 domestic tourists to the island. 

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During a virtual conference on Sunday Nov 15th 2020, The Head of Covid-19 Handling Task Force, Doni Monardo said that he will continue observing Covid-19 cases for the next week to see what impact the holiday had on COVID-19 transmission. 

“If we don’t see any significant additional cases of Covid-19, the end-year holiday season will go on as usual, but if it’s the other way around, we will ask the president to reduce the national holiday or even abolish the holiday season if necessary” Doni Monardo said.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

Doni expressed his disappointment regarding the lack of following health protocols during the peak of cases in the months of August and September.  

The task force is hoping now that the island has been educated on health protocols, the case numbers will continue to go down. 

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

Bali is expecting to welcome another huge wave of domestic tourists for the year end holiday. Authorities have been inspecting accommodations to ensure the travelers will be safe during their stay.

The Bali Provincial Government is urging all domestic tourists to only stay at accommodation facilities that have been awarded with the Clean, Health. Safety and Environment (CHSE) certificate.

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