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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Bali re-opens to domestic tourists but foreigners must wait

Indonesia's famous holiday island, Bali, has officially re-opened to domestic tourists.

Five months after Indonesia belatedly confirmed its first coronavirus case on March 2, 3360 people have been infected in Bali and 48 people have died, with 47 new cases reported on Friday.

The island had initially reported low case numbers but in recent weeks infections have risen.

With the tourism sector smashed by the pandemic - occupancy rates in hotels have dropped to an average of one to two per cent - the island has thrown open its doors for locals to return.
And the local government insists its plan to re-open to foreign tourists later this year, on September 11, remains on track.

Approximately 10 million domestic tourists visited the island in 2018, about 60 per cent of the island's total visitor numbers.
Australians were the single largest cohort of overseas visitors, with about 1.3 million people travelling to the island in 2019, while about 1.2 million visitors from China made the trip.

Now, Indonesian locals from across the country of approximately 270 million people will be able to return once more - provided they take a coronavirus PCR swab test or a rapid test before travelling, or on arrival, wear a face mask, wash their hands, maintain social distancing and provide their details to the Love Bali website or app.

Rizky Nuari, the regional manager for the Johnny Rockets restaurant in Seminyak, a beachside suburb of Denpasar, said the establishment had cut its staff numbers from 60 people to 15 and put plans to open three more restaurants on hold.
"Usually at this time of year, the high season, people have to wait in line for seats at lunch time. Now we are lucky if we have 10 customers a day. We need to at least double our sales compared to right now to continue to stay open. Hopefully the re-opening will bring more customers in," he said.

"Our market is mostly international tourists, about 80 per cent, and out of that 80 per cent about 60 - 75 per cent were Australians. We will have to adjust to a new market if Australians and international tourists are not coming back soon."

Made Merta, the general manager of the five star Inaya Putri Bali hotel in Nusa Dua, said that in 2019 the hotel's average occupancy rate was 86 per cent.

"Now in July we are down to just two per cent occupancy rate," he said, "we have operated with just a skeleton staff, we used to employ 475 workers, now we have only around 200 staff."

With COVID-19 protocols and certification in place, Made said, the hotel is offering a 50 per cent discount to tourists on its usual rates.
Putu Astawa, the head of the Bali government's tourism department, estimated the loss of international tourists alone had cost the island economy 10 trillion Rupiah (about $950 million) per month.

"With the re-opening we have not set a target yet. We aim to get the trust of international visitors. We need to ensure those who will come are healthy tourists and that they stay healthy while holidaying in Bali," he said.

"We are doing this in stages in line with the new normal, and for September 11, [we hope] the central government can open access [to international tourists, who currently cannot travel to Indonesia]."

The Indonesian government is in talks with neighbouring countries such as the Philippines to establish "travel bubbles" that will allow limited tourism and travel.

Australians, however, currently need permission from the federal government to leave the country and face a mandatory two weeks quarantine when they return on the limited number of international flights.

Bali's resumption of domestic tourism reflects what is happening more broadly across Indonesia as the country re-opens its economy despite infection numbers rising day-on-day.

As of Saturday, Indonesia had recorded 108,376 cases and 5131 deaths. And after averaging about 1600 new cases per day over the last month, in the last week Indonesia has recorded more than 2000 cases per day twice and just a fraction under the 2000 mark twice more.
But in a country where as much as half the workforce is insecure work and earning a wage only day-to-day, the nightmarish challenge confronting the national government is balancing the need to protect its citizens' health with ensuring that the economy re-opens so that people can earn money to buy food and pay their rent.

By James Massola and Amilia Rosa
The Sydney Morning Herald

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Bali to welcome international tourists in September

The Bali provincial administration is preparing to welcome foreign visitors in September following months of international travel restrictions because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Bali Governor I Wayan Koster has announced a three-step plan to reopen activity in compliance with “new normal” policies. The approach entails reopening the region’s popular tourist destinations to international visitors on Sept. 11.

Local tourists will be able to visit the island’s famous vacation spots starting on Jul. 9, Koster said.

“To that end, we must surrender ourselves and pray so that we will be graced [with good fortune],” he said after participating in a local religious ceremony on Sunday, as quoted by tribunnews.com.

Koster said on Thursday that he had closed tourist destinations in Bali until further notice through a regulation.

However, the regulation did not stop several regions from reopening access to popular beaches, including Canggu Beach and Labuan Sait Beach in Badung regency, to foreign surfers.

Tourism in Bali has been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of foreign tourist arrivals fell to nearly zero in the weeks following the first reported coronavirus cases in the country.

As of Sunday, Bali had confirmed 1,849 COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths linked to the illness.

Source : The Jakarta Post

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Yellow Rice: A Fortune in a Plate of Rice

Rice is a staple food for the majority of Indonesian. It holds an important place in the country’s culture. A typical Indonesian meal consists of steamed rice and one or two main dishes. Steamed rice or plain rice is known as “Nasi Putih” or literally White rice.

Experiencing the local culture is a huge part of travelling and trying traditional food is a good way to taste a small part of that culture. Talking about Indonesian food seems to be no end in sight. Fried Rice is indeed famous but variety of rice dishes make Indonesian food is one of the world's greatest cuisines.

Yellow rice or nasi kuning is a method of cooking rice in turmeric. The main ingredients come from shallot, garlic, lemon grass and coconut milk. Sometimes clove and bay leaf are added to give more tastes. The simple way to make Yellow Rice is processing a fresh turmeric in a blender and get the extract juice by strain through a sieve. Put rice, turmeric water and all ingredients in a heavy saucepan or rice cooker. Stir in a lower heat and cook until the rice is done.

Yellow rice commonly a symbol of Indonesian celebrations. It is often served during festivals or other occasions in Indonesia: wedding, birthday, anniversaries, new baby born, house warming. Yellow is a symbol of good fortune, wealth and dignity. The yellow rice is usually stuffed into a cone-shape mold, accompanied by various side dishes such as vegetables, fried chicken, tofu, tempeh, shredded omelette, and beef. These package popular as Nasi Tumpeng (rice cone). Nasi Tumpeng is not a recipe, but instead a symbolic account of a traditional ritual feasts, symbolizes joy and gratitude. The practice to use of Nasi Tumpeng became popular among Indonesians as what is known pre-requirement in any ritual. In Indonesia, each region has their own varieties. People in Manado, North Sulawesi, served yellow rice with spicy shredded tuna while in Kalimantan served with animal protein (egg/chicken/fish/beef) in red sauce made from dried chili called bumbu habang. And when you off to Bali, make sure to try yellow rice served topped with a fried egg or satay (skewered chicken or pork grilled in peanut sauce).

However, it doesn't mean that you have to attend some kind of festivity to get the Yellow rice. You can easily find yellow rice in some local “warung” or street food stall or cart, which typically eaten for breakfast. If you looking for something new to enjoy rice, Yellow Rice will make a big difference in a plate of rice.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Bali Today

Update 1 June 2020 7:30

The Indonesian Ministry of Transport prepares to enter the new normal with flights to and from Bali's I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport as per Ministerial Decree No. 25 of 2020 on Transportation Control.

Bali had been making preparations to enter the new normal era by following the provisions and official health protocols

During the new normal era, passengers looking to enter Bali through the International Airport should hold a document that shows negative results for COVID-19 from a swab test based on the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).

Every aircraft passenger must fulfill the requirements submitted by the Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling, as stipulated in Circular Letter Number 5 of 2020 on the Amendment to Circular Letter Number 4 of 2020 on the Criteria for Restricting Travel for Accelerating the Handling of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) or hereinafter referred to as SE Number 5 of 2020," he expounded.

The Bali provincial government in a bid to boost the island’s tourism and economic potential by continuing to prioritize health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in all transportation services on land, at sea, and in air.

Please ensure you keep updated with all the changes through official channels only.

Garuda Indonesia
Garuda Indonesia has taken a number of anticipatory steps in following up on the development of the COVID-19 pandemic which of course always prioritizes aspects of flight safety and comfort for both passengers and flight crew.

Flying Requirements & Requirements
Garuda Indonesia documents fully support the policies of the government of the Republic of Indonesia and also the local government in the context of the spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia as stated in:

Regulation of the Minister of Transportation No. 25 of 2020 concerning Transportation Control During the Eid Mubarak 1441 H Mud Season in the context of Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
Circular of Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling No. 5 Amendment to Circular Letter No. 4 of 2020 concerning Criteria for Limiting Travel of Persons in the Framework of Accelerating Handling of COVID-19
Circular of the Minister of Health Number HK.02.01 / MENKES / 313/2020 concerning Health Protocol for the Handling of Indonesian Citizens and the Arrival of Foreigners from Overseas at the Entrance of Countries and Regions in Situations of Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB)
That people are allowed to travel / flights are as follows:

International Flights
Exit Indonesia: Refers to the requirements of the destination / destination country authority available on  the official IATA website
Entering Indonesia:  Foreign nationals who may enter Indonesia refer to the Republic of Indonesia Ministry of Forestry Regulation No. 11 of 2020, please click on Travel Restrictions Entrance to the Republic of Indonesia for more information.
There are no restrictions on Indonesian citizens while following the applicable document requirements.
Domestic Flights
People who work in government or private institutions that conduct:
  - Accelerating services for handling COVID-19;
  - Defense, security and public order services;
  - Health services;
  - Services of basic & supporting needs
  - Services of important economic functions;
Travel for patients who need emergency health services
Travel for people whose family members are essentially very ill / dead
Repatriation for the return of Foreign Citizens, Indonesian Migrant Workers, Indonesian Citizens and students / students who are abroad, and the return of people for special reasons by the Government to the regions
People who are allowed to fly as above must fulfill the document requirements according to the flight categories and routes available on this Link 

Friday, May 29, 2020

Bali's tourism industry expected to reopen in July, says Indonesian planning minister

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s most popular holiday destination Bali is expected to be ready to resume business in July, the country’s national development planning minister said on Thursday (May 28).

Businesses in Bali have been shut down for the last two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in an economic slowdown of 1.14 per cent. This makes Bali one of the most economically affected regions in Indonesia, according to the government.

The plan to reopen Bali's tourism industry comes after the total number of COVID-19 cases reported on the island has remained relatively low, at 420 as of Thursday. There are more than 24,000 cases nationwide.

More than 300 people have so far recovered and four people have died in Bali. The fatality rate of the province is around 1 per cent, said minister for national development planning Suharso Monoarfa at a COVID-19 task force press conference.

Bali has a population of 4.2 million people. Last year, there were 6.3 million foreign visitors to the island.

The minister said: “The Bali government has managed the situation relatively well. We expect Bali will be ready to open for business soon in July.

“However, new health protocols must be followed when opening economic activities." 

He added that Bali seems to have contained COVID-19 due to a well-defined leadership structure, which involved traditional leaders in the community and guards who work voluntarily.

“They screen visitors who enter the villages, prevent large gatherings, monitor quarantine orders and make sure people follow the COVID-19 protocols such as wearing masks, and washing their hands frequently,” Mr Monoarfa said.

The minister revealed that the plans for reopening the economy and entering a new normal phase will be implemented in stages. The measures will depend on three criteria such as the basic reproduction number - which represents the number of new infections estimated to stem from a single case - falling below 1.

Health system readiness, such as the capacity of hospitals and emergency facilities, is also required along with surveillance capacity indicated by the number of swab tests.

Earlier this week, the Indonesian government deployed the military and police to enforce social distancing measures under a “new normal” scenario and said that Jakarta would likely to be ready for it after Jun 4, the last day of COVID-19 curbs in the capital known as large-scale social restrictions.

On Thursday morning, tourism and creative economy minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said tourism activities could be allowed to resume around one month after a province or city enters the new normal phase.

Meanwhile, foreign minister Retno Marsudi said on Thursday that the issue of resuming travel within ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) is still being discussed.

“The discussion is still in the preparation stage and we have yet to decide on the time frame,” Mdm Marsudi said.

It was reported earlier that ASEAN member states had agreed that the wider revival of the tourism sector will require collaboration on a number of issues, including a common set of health declarations and checks on travellers.

By Kiki Siregar

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Current situation in Bali for travelers

Update 19 May 2020  16.45

Last updated on 18 May 2020 at 09.00 (Jakarta GMT + 7 time)

Garuda Indonesia has been carrying out a number of anticipatory steps in following the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, which naturally emphasizes the safety and comfort aspects of flights to both passengers and crew.

Requirements for passengers with flights from and to PSBB region/red zone Indonesia

Garuda Indonesia fully supports government policy through regulation of the Minister of Transportation No. 25 year 2020 concerning transport control during Eid al-Fitr 1441 H in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Refer to SE No 4 year 2020 TASK FORCE ACCELERATION HANDLING of COVID-19, regarding the criteria of restriction of persons travel out or enter the country boundary area and/or administrative area boundary by private vehicle or public transportation means (land, railway, crossing, Sea, and air) throughout Indonesia and refers to the circular letter of the Minister of Health number HK. 02.01/MENKES/313/2020 on the Health protocol handling of Homecoming WNI and FOREIGNERS from abroad at the entrance of the country and in the region in the situation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB). Here are the details of documents that need to be completed by each Garuda Indonesia passengers who will carry out the trip:

1.Travel support letter from institution or related institution
Each passenger must include a travel certificate from the Agency (Government/private) as endorser whose contents explain that the prospective passengers travel is not for homecoming purposes according to the category of passengers who are allowed to travel as follows:

2.Travel Statement letter in order to control the Covid-19 in Indonesia

3.Each passenger who meets the criteria in the category in point number 1 above, must download and fill in the form provided here

4. Personal identification (KTP or other valid identification)

Full information can be viewed here 


Sunday, May 24, 2020

Bali to require COVID-19 swab test results for all visitors

Bali to require COVID-19 swab test results for all visitors
Ni Komang Erviani
The Jakarta Post

Anyone with plans to visit Bali must first undergo a swab test and a obtain letter stating they are free from COVID-19 under a new policy issued by the Bali administration that will take effect later this month in order to curb transmission of the disease on the world-renowned resort island.

From May 28, everyone visiting Bali is required to have undergone a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, Bali Airport Authority head Elfi Amir said.

“We urge everyone and all airlines to ensure this has been done before flying to Bali, all passengers must already have PCR test results declaring they are negative for COVID-19. The document should be checked at the airport prior to departure,” Elfi told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

Elfi explained that a virtual coordination meeting had been conducted on Thursday to notify all related stakeholders of the new policy, including airlines.

The airport authority and the Bali COVID-19 Task Force will recheck the swab test results of all passengers upon arrival at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International airport.

If any passenger arrives without a swab test result, the airport authority will let the task force take action.

“We will also reprimand the airline for not following the regulation,” Elfi emphasized.

Bali Governor Wayan Koster sent a letter to the transportation minister on May 18, requesting the swab test results be made a requirement to enter the island through the airport.

However, in the same letter, the governor did not request similar a requirement for people entering the island through the seaport.

For those entering the island through the seaport, Koster only requested a rapid test result issued by a public hospital, regional health agency or other authority that declares a person negative for COVID-19.

The rapid test result and swab test result should be valid for at least seven days after the arrival day at Bali’s airport.

Bali COVID-19 Task Force executive chairman, Dewa Made Indra, reiterated that everyone planning to visit Bali must have the COVID-19-free letter when they buy the ticket. Visitors must also register at the provincial website https://cekdiri.baliprov.go.id, which will provide a QR code that can be shown when buying the ticket as a proof that the passengers are healthy.

The policy is required for everyone except flight attendants who only transit in Bali.

“The policy was made to limit people from traveling. So, for those who have no important and urgent interest, it is better to delay their trip,” Dewa said.

Read also: Bali's Denpasar to impose COVID-19 restrictions that keep businesses running

He explained that swab test requirement was not out of line. He said the administration was not asking for privileges or special treatment, but was only seeking to follow the central government’s plan to make Bali the first region to recover from the COVID-19 outbreak.

Dewa Indra said the administration appreciated the central government’s plan to make Bali the first COVID-19 free area.

“However, it is not a simple thing. It will be a long road as [the outbreak] is not over yet. Bali wants to tightly control who enters Bali, both Indonesians and
foreigners, because all people are possible COVID-19 carriers,” he said.

The swab test, he said, was needed to filter those seeking to enter to prevent further transmission on the island.

As the policy will come into effect on May 28, Dewa said all airlines needed to begin disseminating information to their future passengers.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Bali’s mysterious immunity to Covid-19

Bali’s mysterious immunity to Covid-19
Indonesian tourist island has relatively few cases while the disease rips through other areas of archipelagic nation


Nearly three months into the Covid-19 pandemic and there is little to suggest that the Indonesian resort island of Bali is in the grip of a pending public health disaster with only 86 cases and two deaths.

That’s despite the fact the wider archipelagic nation is now widely seen as Southeast Asia’s slow-ticking coronavirus time bomb with the region’s highest number of cases at 4,839 as of April 14. Infections to date have been heavily concentrated on populous Java island. 

“I find it puzzling too because it doesn’t make sense,” says Rio Helmi, a long-time Balinese resident who writes a regular blog on life around the mountain town of Ubud about the low number of cases on Bali. “We don’t have the data, but there’s been no sign of a spike in deaths.”

Nor are there stories of hospitals overflowing, a sharp increase in cremations or any other anecdotal evidence that the coronavirus is running rampant on the Hindu-majority island’s 4.2 million population, among them thousands of foreign residents.

For example, the coastal village of Pererenan, a popular surfing location at the northern end of the Balinese tourist strip, has yet to have a Covid-19 case, according to local Balinese residents.  Other nearby villages also appear to be free of the virus.

“We’re just not hearing about a huge death toll out there,” says Jack Daniels, a long-established tour operator and editor of the weekly on-line newsletter Balidiscovery.

He notes that both of the island’s Covid-19 deaths so far have been foreigners, including a British woman with underlying health issues.

The Bali capital of Denpasar has four crematoriums which don’t appear to be any more active than usual, even if Balinese do sometimes temporarily bury their dead to wait for an auspicious day to perform traditional funeral rites.

Private hospitals only now appear to be acquiring test kits, but the doctor at one Bali institution says it has referred only two or three suspected cases to the island’s state-run hospitals in the past fortnight without getting any feedback, supposedly because of patient confidentiality.

In fact, state hospitals are refusing to make public figures that may be at variance with Health Ministry data, which also lists only 38 cases and two deaths on the neighboring Nusa Tenggara island chain, including Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores and West Timor with a combined 9.8 million population.

With Jakarta and the surrounding provinces of West Java and Banten declaring a range of new social restrictions, President Joko Widodo finally announced a state of national emergency on April 13 and urged officials to be more transparent in sharing information.

But it isn’t clear what the new emergency status means on the ground, apart from setting clearer lines of authority. The president has again felt compelled to urge his much-criticized health minister, Terawan Agus Putranto, to raise Covid-19 swab tests to 10,000 a day.

That would be almost the same number the government has conducted in all of the past two months, equivalent to 41 per million people. There have been more rapid-tests, but they are far less reliable and are not included in the government’s tally.

The weak social distancing policy so far has seen passengers crammed together on Jakarta’s bus and train services, and city dwellers are uncertain about what travel restrictions, if any, will be imposed on the usual exodus from the capital Jakarta for the post-Ramadan holidays next month.

Worried about social unrest, Widodo is struggling to strike a balance between confronting an ever-growing caseload of 300-400 new infections a day, and trying to keep the economy ticking over so workers in the informal sector can at least retain an income.

He is also irritated at the slow dispersal of funds to an estimated 2.8 million newly-unemployed in the real economy as part of an initial $6.6 billion social safety net package announced last week.

Health workers in Bali have had to deal with the added threat of a recent outbreak of dengue fever, a sometimes fatal disease which has similar flu-like symptoms as Covid-19. Late rains have been responsible for about 2,000 dengue cases in the Ubud area and an unusually high number in southern Bali.

There has also been a serious outbreak of dengue fever further afield, in East Tenggara province, which only reported its first case of Covid-19 last weekend.

What makes the Bali situation so perplexing is that the number of Chinese tourist arrivals to Bali actually increased by 3% in January, the same month of the Wuhan lockdown. In fact, they were still arriving up until February 5 when authorities finally moved to ban anyone who had been in China in the previous 14 days.

While all foreign tourism was finally stopped on March 31, significant numbers of the estimated 20,000 Balinese employed in the international cruise ship industry, often described as a petri dish for the virus, have filtered back to the island without going into quarantine, claim local residents.

Australians and Chinese made up about 2.5 million of the 5 million tourists who visited Bali last year. Economists and travel experts are now saying it will take a year for the industry to begin recovering and even then it may only be a trickle because of doubts about whether the virus is being properly contained.

According to diplomatic sources, there are up to 5,000 Australians still in Bali, many of them residents who either have businesses or are living in retirement. That’s the largest bloc of foreigners, but there are also thousands of other nationalities on the legendary tourist island.

Among them are scores of foreign prisoners who are being offered early freedom under a controlled release program provided they have served two-thirds of their sentences and are not in jail for narcotics and other international crimes.

As of April 1, the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association listed 270 Bali hotels among 1,149 hotels that had closed nationwide because of the pandemic. But officials say the list is growing longer by the day, with those which have stayed open reporting occupancy rates below 10%.

The Bali Hotel Association has denied reports circulating on social media that some of the island’s first class hotels have recently gone up for sale, but acknowledges that many of the 170 four and five-star establishments have temporarily closed their doors.

The Bali tourist industry hasn’t been hit this hard since the 2002 terrorist bombings, which left the local economy in tatters for the following two years as Australian holiday-makers stayed away in droves. A further bombing in 2005 only compounded its difficulties.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Coronavirus: Who needs masks or other protective gear?

Face masks, gloves and other protective gear can help stop the spread of coronavirus in the right circumstances, but there has been a lot of discussion about who should use them.

World Health Organization (WHO) special envoy Dr David Nabarro has suggested that more widespread use of masks will become "the norm" as the world adjusts to living with Covid-19.

Why doesn't everyone wear a mask now?
Coronavirus is spread by droplets that can spray into the air when those infected talk, cough and sneeze. These can enter the body through the eyes, nose and mouth, either directly or after touching a contaminated object

The World Health Organization says it remains the case that medical masks should be reserved for healthcare workers, not the general public.

Only two groups of people should wear protective masks, those who are:

sick and showing symptoms
caring for people suspected to have the coronavirus
Masks are not recommended for the general public because:

they can be contaminated by other people's coughs and sneezes or when putting them on or removing them
frequent hand-washing and social distancing are more effective
they might offer a false sense of security
How might things change?
Dr Nabarro told Radio 4's Today programme that healthcare workers and those with symptoms remained the priority, especially given the worldwide shortage of the best quality masks.

But he said masks might also need to be worn by non-medical workers who are in frequent contact with others and who can't distance themselves, such as people operating cash registers, or hairdressers.

Among society as a whole, he said that he expected "some form of facial protection is going to become the norm", not least to offer people reassurance when they encounter others.

But Dr Nabarro warned against complacency: "Don't imagine that you can do what you like when you are wearing a mask. [It] doesn't give you the excuse to disregard social distancing."

The UK is not advising most people to wear either medical or homemade masks.

Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK's chief scientific adviser, says there is a review ongoing at the moment and it has already seen "more persuasive" data on it stopping you passing on the virus, rather than catching it. However, the advice has yet to change.

Do homemade face masks work?
Americans are advised to use clean cloth or fabric to cover their faces whilst in public. Officials say medical masks are in short supply and should be left for healthcare workers.

Only the sick, or those caring for patients of coronavirus, had previously been told to wear masks. But US officials hope the new rules could stop people without symptoms unknowingly spreading coronavirus.

However, reusable cloth masks are also not recommended and may even increase the chance of infection, say European advisers.

They say there is a high chance virus particles could go through cloth. Problems with moisture could also mean the cloth retains the virus, they warn.

By Michelle Roberts
Health editor, BBC News online

Friday, April 3, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: Good News from Bali! – A Total of 10 Patients Heal from COVID-19

BREAKING NEWS: Good News from Bali! – A Total of 10 Patients Heal from COVID-19

The Bali Covid-19 Handling Task Force Chief Dewa Made Indra announced six patients with confirmed cases of Covid-19 have recovered. There are now 10 patients with confirmed cases of Covid-19 who have recovered in the province of Bali. “Today there is good news in that 6 people have recovered so that brings the total of recovered people to 10 people,” Dewa Indra said in a press conference.

Dewa Indra stated that of the 10 patients who recovered, two were foreign citizens and eight Indonesian citizens. The recovery of the six patients gives hope to all those who struggle to deal with the Covid-19 virus; that the disease can be cured.

The key, said Dewa Indra, is discipline in maintaining health and following quarantine procedures. According to Dewa Indra, two of the six patients who were declared recovered had just been announced as confirmed Covid-19 cases. “So, these two people tested positive and recovered at the same time,”


On behalf of the Government of the Province of Bali, the Covid-19 Countermeasure Task Force reports updates of Covid-19 countermeasures in Bali.

1. For case growths up to today, suspected cases total 157 people (increased by 2 Indonesian nationals). 136 out of 157 tested samples resulted in 111 negative and 25 positive results. There are 14 negative and 6 positive results from Indonesian nationals. Today, 6 people have recovered (5 Indonesians and 1 foreign citizen). Total recovered cases include 10 people (8 Indonesians and 2 foreign citizens). The additional 6 positive cases are Indonesian nationals and not from local transmission, but were infected when they travelled to other provinces.

2. Increasing recoveries from Covid-19 is evidence this disease can be cured. The keys are discipline to take care of our health and follow quarantine procedures. What should come to our attention is the fact that 6 additional patients were confirmed as recovered and just 2 announced as confirmed cases. The recovered and confirmed cases are announced in the same time.

The reason for this is that confirming positive results requires time and detailed procedures. Although results of sample tests at the Sanglah Hospital may test positive, they must be sent to a recommended laboratory in Jakarta. However, the Regional Government is allowed to announce negative results. If while waiting for the Jakarta laboratory test results, the suspect has recovered, this becomes the reason for announcing positive and recovered cases at the same time.

3. Being aware of the growth of Covid-19 in the province of Bali, we ask all the community to continue their prevention measures, including social distancing, limiting outside activities, cancelling attractions and events that involve crowds and implementing a clean, healthy lifestyle by washing your hands using soap and running water. Furthermore, communities are advised to wear face masks when they have to go outside. If people follow all those protocols responsibly, we hope the confirmed cases will not increase and more patients will recover. The keys are discipline and personal awareness for people to take care of their own health and safety, their families and others.

Source : Pemprov Bali Facebook Page (balipuls.com )

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Corona Virus Bali Indonesia News Archive

Some traditional markets change their operational hours and closed due to Covid-19 outbreak

Local authorities in Bali are starting to do some adjustment on the way of providing services for the public. Some regions in Bali have followed the advisory published by The Minister of Home Affairs, Republic of Indonesia in letter with number 440/2436/SJ/2020, regarding the prevention of Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the local community.

For example the mayor of Denpasar, IB Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra who has already published an advisory letter with number 434/574/DKIS/2020 dated March 26th, 2020. In this letter the major advises all the people in Denpasar to limit their activity outside the house, especially in terms of doing grocery shopping by moving to use online shopping services. This measure is expected to be able to minimize the number of crowds as a part of Social and Physical Distancing practices in public places like traditional markets and grocery stores. Furthermore, hopefully near in the future all the people in Denpasar are also expected to get comfortable in using e-money. This is very important as money (bank notes) are considered to have become one of the biggest media spread of the virus.

Several traditional markets in Denpasar starts from today March 30th are accessible via Go-Shop feature in Go-Jek app. "Starting tomorrow, the markets will be available via online on Gojek (GoShop, feature) on Badung Market, Kumbasari, Gunung Agung, Kereneng, Ketapean, Satria, Sanglah, Pidada, Anyar Sari, Cokroaminoto, and Abiantimbul," added the local authority IB Kompyang Wiranata on Sunday March 29.

Beaches and beach clubs are closed for temporary, Mar 30th

Since the Governor of Bali has released his decree No. 7194 Year 2020 all the tourist attractions and public places including beaches and beach clubs are being shut down all over Bali. This morning, the access to Berawa and Batu Bolong beach are barricaded with portals and some local security (pecalang) are on standy by.

Many beach clubs are also on pause, most of them have posted closing announcements since last week. Here are some of the notifications that we have gathered from their official social media accounts.

Source : https://www.bali.com/

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading

Follow the guidance outlined above.

  • Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover. Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
  • If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers. Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

One Day Guide to Nusa Penida Island, Indonesia

Nusa Penida is one of the three islands Nusa islands in Indonesia. Penida island is the biggest out of the three islands but also the least developed island until recently. This island is the new up and coming attraction amongst people that travel to Bali. Nusa Penida is located about an hour East of Bali, and you can only access this island by boat. When you are in Bali you shouldn't miss out on this island as it has some of the most unique things you will ever see.

There are so many ways to explore this island, but the best way to visit the island is on a one-day tour or a three-day trip. There are so many one-day tours to this tropical island that choosing one could be difficult. While we travelled to Bali, we decided to do a one day tour to Nusa Penida Island known as the West Trip.

Our tour includes hotel pick up and drop off, a boat ride to and from the island, transport on the island, and lunch. We did a West Coast tour and went to the following places on Nusa Penida:

*Broken beach.

*Angel Billabong.

*Kelingking Beach

*Crystal bay.