President Jokowi Orders Preparation to Reopen Bali
Date 8 Oktober 2021
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has ordered relevant stakeholders to make preparation to resume international flights at I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport in the resort island of Bali.
“We must prepare the infrastructure so that tourists will come and COVID-19 will be under control,” the President said in his directives to the Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkopimda) of Bali province, Friday (10/08).
For the record, the Government has decided to resume international flights at I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali with the reopening scheduled to stard on October 14.
The opening of the international flights is part of the measures to restore the island’s economic activities.
The President also ordered the stakeholders to learn from other countries’ experience in dealing with COVID-19, including in implementing health protocols. The experience of several countries, he added, shows that vaccination is an important factor.
The President went on to say that in some countries, after active cases have started to decline and the economy was reopened without acceleration in vaccine rollout, [COVID-19] cases and mortality rate increased significantly.
On the other hand, in countries with high vaccination rate, when economy was reopened, the mortality rate was still low, he said.
For the record, as of October 8, 2021, vaccination rate in Bali province has reached 98 percent for the first dose and more than 80 percent for the second dose.
The President also ordered the Regional Military Commander (Pangdam) and Regional Police Chief (Kapolda) to speed up the vaccinate rollout in several areas before October 14.
President Jokowi further said that testing and tracing measures should be continuously improved, especially in areas with relatively low testing average such as Bangli (57 percent weekly testing average) and Karangasem (34 percent percent weekly testing average). (BPMI of Presidential Secretariat/UN) (RI/EP)