Covid-19 Countermeasure Task Force updates Covid-19 countermeasures in Bali.

I. Case Updates

1. Up to this day, suspected cases total 183 (increased by 8 Indonesians);
2. 161 out of 183 tested samples resulted in 129 negative cases, 32 positive cases. (Increased Indonesians cases are imported cases; infected abroad).
3. Today 5 patients have recovered (2 foreigner citizens dan 3 Indonesians). Total recovered patients are 18 (4 foreigners and 14 Indonesians).

II. Policy Updates

1. The Bali Provincial Government is following the regulations of the Home Affairs Ministry Number 1, 2020 on Prevention Spread and Acceleration of Countering the 2019 Coronavirus Disease for Regional Governments, especially the financial allocation refocusing to increase the capacity of health management, economic impact and social safety network supply.

2. An Official letter from the Chairman of the Covid-19 Countermeasure Task Force instructs communities regarding donations of goods or equipment related to battling Covid-19 including Personal Protective Equipment, face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, thermoguns, disinfectants/ disinfectant sprayers, public washbasins (for hand washing) and other items. For example, a national company organization in Bali has donated 15 portable washbasins to be placed in public facilities.

3. The Central Government (BNPB/ National Agency for Disaster Management and the Ministry of Health) has donated 12,500 items of Personal Protective Equipment including 37,500 face-masks and 12,200 Rapid Test kits. The donation has been distributed to the recommended hospitals and health service facilities.

4. 4,494 Indonesian Migrant Workers that have returned to Bali. The number of workers in quarantine total 590. Rapid tests are carried out at the airport and harbours, especially for visitors to Bali.

III. Public Advisory

1. The Integrated Covid-19 Countermeasure Task Force at Village level should work together to create a center to supervise and educate communities, especially migrant workers who have just returned to Bali.

2. The Task Force advises those who return from travelling abroad or other provinces in Indonesia to self-quarantine at home for at least 14 days. Apply self-quarantine measures with discipline and responsibility for ourselves and others’ safety.

3. The Task Force warns all Bali communities to understand and stay alert as the spread of Covid-19 shows an increasing trend on a national level. Everyone should pay attention and never underestimate this situation.

4. The Chairman of the Bali Covid-19 Countermeasure Task Force, Dewa Made Indra, commented on a potential positive case regarding a foreign citizen living in Kubu Anyar, Badung. As a Swab test had not been conducted on the foreigner, a positive case cannot be confirmed yet. The community should remain calm and logical in this situation.

5. Regarding to the restricted access of people through Gilimanuk harbour or Ngurah Rai airport, Dewa Made Indra said the Task Force strategy is to strengthen prevention barrierss as Covid-19 comes from the outside. For example, in the domestic arrivals area, there was no screening system previously. For better protection, the Government has applied body temperature checks and rapid tests for passengers returning from travelling abroad. The Bali Provincial Government also works hand in hand with the airport authority by putting special line for passengers from (Covid-19) red zones, Indonesian migrant workers and foreign citizens.

6. Up to today, there are no arrivals at occurring into Benoa harbour. However, people arriving in Bali through the Gilimanuk and Padangbai harbours will be screened.

7. Using the Regional Allocation, the Bali Provincial Government has distributed donations through the Bali Government Social Department and prioritized donations to the poor. The poor are part of Family Hope Program (Program Keluarga Harapan) that provides additional assistance through non-monetary assistance and food donations to the blind as many have started to lose their jobs. The donations are distributed every 2 weeks.

8. Communities are asked to remain calm and trust the Central Government, Regional Government (Province, Regencies/ Cities), Military, Police Departments and other institutions working together in an integrated manner to counter the spread of Covid-19. The Task Force continues to ask communities to respect Government public advisories to carry out social distancing, restrict physical interaction and outside activities.


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