Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said that Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM) in the Java-Bali area have been lowered from level 4 to 3, except for Bali.

Luhut said Bali’s status was still categorized as PPKM Level 4 because the Bed Occupancy Rate (BOR) of Covid-19 patient referral hospitals in the area was still relatively high amid the decline in the BOR of other provinces.

“We estimate that Bali will take another week to go down to level 3 from level 4, due to high patient care in hospitals,” Luhut said at a press conference on Monday (6/9) night.

Luhut predicts Bali will drop to level 3 next week because there has been a recent improvement trend in handling the pandemic in Java and Bali.

“I have communicated with the Governor of Bali so that we can all manage this problem together,” he said.

If you look at the Ministry of Health’s report data regarding the daily Covid-19 Hospital BOR in 34 provinces, it appears that Bali has consistently ranked the highest COVID-19 isolation BOR in the last 10 days. Meanwhile, the occupancy rate in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on average occupies the top three position nationally.

In the period of August 24-30, the average BOR occupancy for COVID-19 isolation services in Bali was 62.57 %, while ICU occupancy was still at 66.14 %.

The number of BOR referral hospitals remains quite high. This is because the World Health Organization (WHO) has set a safe threshold for Covid-19 Hospital BOR of 60 %.

However, in the period from August 31 to September 6, the BOR of COVID-19 isolation units in Bali fell with a daily average of 46.71 %, while the average daily ICU occupancy fell to 58.85 %.

Even so, Bali still ranks first for hospital occupancy during the period of August 24 to September 2. In the period from September 3 to 6, Bali dropped to second place, replaced by the province of Aceh, which currently ranks first for COVID-19 isolation beds, highest in Indonesia.

The trend of COVID-19 cases in Bali has also improved. During the period of August 24-30, cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Bali reached 3,884 cases. During the period August 31-September 6, it fell to 2,305 confirmed cases of residents in a week.

These numbers are similar to reported COVID-19 deaths in Bali. During the period August 24-30, the number of weekly deaths reached 313 cases, but in the following week, the cumulative deaths fell to 139.

As of Monday (6/9), the Covid-19 Task Force reported a cumulative total of 108,763 people confirmed to have tested positive for the coronavirus in Bali. Of that number, 100,259 people were declared recovered, 4,871 people were undergoing treatment in hospitals and self-isolation, while 3,633 others died.

Author: HL

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