Bali to welcome international tourists in Sept; Indonesian Covid-19 cases still rising


  • Indonesia
  • Monday, 06 Jul 2020

People attending mass prayers, expressing gratitude for the handling of the coronavirus and seeking blessings for the start of a "new normal", at Besakih temple in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, on July 5. - Reuters

JAKARTA, July 6 (The Jakarta Post/ANN): 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 announced on Monday (July 6) 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.

The Covid-19 cases in the country, however, continue to rise.

Coronavirus cases rose by 1,209 within one day to 64,958, with the death toll adding by 70 to 3,241, Achmad Yurianto, a Health Ministry official said at a press conference here on Monday.

According to him, 814 more people had been discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 29,919.

Within the past 24 hours, five provinces, namely Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java and South Sulawesi -- recorded high numbers of cases, Yurianto said.

However, no more positive cases were found in 11 provinces, namely Aceh, Jambi, Riau Islands, West Sumatra, Bengkulu, West Kalimantan, North Kalimantan, East Nusa Tenggara, West Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi and North Maluku.

Yurianto called on the public to obey the health protocols in a bid to avoid more Covid-19 infections. - The Jakarta Post/Asian News Network

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