Bali Begins to Recover from Pandemic: Governor
The one-percent positivity rate of COVID-19 in the resort island of Bali indicates that the pandemic situation continues to improve, according to Bali Governor Wayan Koster.
“The daily cases are now consistently below 100 and this condition has been going on for the past three weeks,” Wayan said in the provincial capital of Denpasar, Monday (11/10).
According to the Governor, the cumulative recovery rate has reached 96 percent, while active cases are around 700 people with 200 patients being treated in hospitals and the rest in isolation centers or carrying out self-isolation at home.
Citing the data from Ministry of Health as of 12 October, the first dose of vaccine has been administered to 3,372,294 residents in Bali (99.04 percent), while the second dose of vaccine has been administered to 2,828,136 people (83.06 percent).
In addition, distribution of vaccines in Bali is also accompanied by implementation of strict health protocols, he added.
“According to a survey conducted by Ministry of Health, Bali province is ranked first in the country in terms of discipline in wearing face masks,” Wayan said.
With the improving situation in the island, Wayan continued, the local government has decided to ease the public activity restrictions (PPKM) policy for economic sector, such as by re-opening malls, supermarkets, traditional markets, and shops with a maximum capacity of 50 percent and with strict health protocols in place.
“We have also re-opened hotels based on the CHSE (cleanliness, health, safety, environment sustainability) certification (issued by Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy),” Wayan added.
On the reopening of international flights on Thursday (14/10), Wayan underscored that the provincial government is ready to welcome international tourists who have met the requirements set by the Central Government, while expressing hope that these policies can rebuild the island’s economy economy, of which 56 percent relies on tourism sector.
“After more than 1.5 years affected by the pandemic, I hope Bali’s economy can immediately rebound” he remarked. (RF/UN) (GWH/EP)