September 21, 2021

Security handle Pedulilindungi + Bali entrepreneurs get ready for post-Covid revival + PPKM extended for two weeks + more

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“Security Guards to Oversee Implementation of Pedulilindungi” from Antara Bali (Indonesian): The Bali Regional Police have involved security guards to oversee the implementation of the PeduliLindungi application in a number of tourist destinations in Bali. "Especially now in workplaces, offices, malls, public places, and tourist attractions as recommended by the government, they must implement the PeduliLindungi app to monitor residents," said Bali Police Chief Inspector General Pol Putu Jayan Danu Putra on Monday. He said if in carrying out the task of supervising the PeduliLindungi scan it was found to be black, then the security guard had to communicate with the COVID-19 Task Force. This PeduliLindungi usage rule applies not only in tourist areas, but in public places such as malls, offices, and other places.

“Minister Asks Bali Entrepreneurs to Prepare for Post-Covid-19 Revival” from Antara: State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir has encouraged Bali's local business players to prepare themselves for post a COVID-19 revival. "One thing I appreciate from our friends in Bali is that the COVID-19 pandemic has, on one hand, weakened tourism, the mainstay of Bali. But, on the other hand, I see that during the pandemic there has been creativity and innovation that indicates they are prepared. There is enthusiasm and high optimism that those who fall can rise again," Thohir said. The COVID-19 pandemic must be a momentum for the creative industry to prepare and stay productive, he said.

“PPKM Extended for Two Weeks” from Tempo: Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan on Monday made it clear that the government would not be complacent about the current COVID-19 situation and had prepared steps to face possible case surges in the future. “The President reminded us all in this morning’s meeting to remain vigilant and be alert for possible case surges,” said Luhut on Monday. The public activity restrictions (PPKM) have been extended again for a ninth time since July 21, which will see restrictions enforced in the country’s most populated islands of Java and Bali for another two weeks.

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“Need to Remain Alert for Imported Covid-19 Cases” from Antara: Indonesia needs to remain alert for COVID-19 spread from travelers entering the country from several bordering countries that are battling an infection surge, an official from the Health Ministry has said. "In accordance with the weekly COVID-19 report for September 3-9, Indonesia still needs to be aware of cases that have started and are still surging in Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Australia, and Singapore," head of the Center for Health Research and Development of the Health Ministry, Vivi Setiawaty, said. Based on a study by the Research and Development Center, infections in countries located on the Indonesian border are still dominated by the Delta variant, while there are no reports regarding the findings of the B.1621 (Mu) variant, they said.

Vaccination Update

“Indonesia Receives Five Million Sinovac Vaccine Doses” from Antara: Indonesia has received five million doses of Sinovac vaccine in finished form under the 70th batch of vaccine arrival on Monday. "This vaccine supply has brought the availability of COVID-19 vaccines in Indonesia, both in the form of raw materials and ready-to-use, to 262,350,400 doses," spokesperson for vaccination of the Indonesian Ministry of Health, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, said. Tarmizi remarked that with this 70th stage of vaccine arrival, the number of vaccine doses of Sinovac's CoronaVac in Indonesia had increased to reach a total of 53,776,000.


Health Protocols (Prokes) & Health Services

“Outside Java-Bali Contributes 61.95% of Covid Cases” from CNN Indonesia (Indonesian): Chairman of the Committee for Handling Covid-19 and National Economic Recovery Airlangga Hartarto revealed that regions outside Java-Bali contributed 61.95% of positive cases of Covid-19 of the national total. Airlangga also said the transmission rate in Indonesia was 0.59 in September 2021. This figure is below the global average of 0.94. Airlangga then compared Indonesia's transmission rate with Singapore's 1.81; China 1.53; Australia 1.14; United States 1.03; Malaysia 0.95, and Thailand 0.9. "This assessment below 1 shows the number of community infections and this pandemic is starting to be under control," said Airlangga.


Economy & Infrastructure

“Deputy Governor Proposes Relaxation of Soft Loans for Tourism” from Bali Puspa News (Indonesian): Deputy Governor of Bali Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati proposed to the DPD RI to join the fight for soft loans for tourism actors on Bali in the midst of the pandemic. "Many tourist attractions are not maintained because there are no visitors, but we from the government are trying to prevent entrepreneurs from selling their assets, for that from last year we applied for a relaxation of soft loans for tourism actors and some have been disbursed. For that we hope that this relaxation can be extended, because there are still many tourism actors who have not been able to pay off their debts immediately, for that we ask the DPD RI for assistance to propose to the center, "said Cok Ace.



“Jembrana Holds Face-to-Face Classes” from Radar Bali (Indonesian): Face-to-face learning (PTM) has begun in all schools in Jembrana Regency. The head of the Jembrana Education, Youth and Sports Office, Ni Nengah Wartini, said that the implementation of the limited PTM has received permission from the Covid-19 Handling Task Force. The implementation of limited PTM has obtained permission from the parents of the students. Because the implementation of PTM is limited, the learning system is limited by the number of students each divided by 50% for PTM at school and online.

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Bali Reopening

“Gilimanuk Curfew Lifted, Bali Ready For Domestic Tourists” from Radar Bali(Indonesian): The operation of the Ketapang-Gilimanuk Port crossing is back to normal. Restrictions that were previously applied to non-logistics crossings are no longer valid. With the revocation, all crossing users are served 24 hours per day. Since the start of restrictions on non-logistics crossings, there has been a drastic decline in passengers. Although tourism is now open and Bali is at PPKM level 3, there has not been a significant increase in crossing traffic.

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“Sub-2,000 Covid Cases for First Time Since August 2020” from The Jakarta Globe: For the first time since August 2020, Indonesia recorded fewer than 2,000 coronavirus cases in a single day on Monday, as the country began to reopen borders and ease community restrictions. There have been 1,932 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 4,192,695, government figures show. The last time the country saw fewer than 2,000 new cases in a single day was on August 24, 2020. “The daily count represents a 98% decrease on the highest one-day number on July 15, 2021,” Chief Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan said.

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How You Can Help Bali

In response to the collapse of the tourism sector in Bali and the resulting economic crisis due to Covid19, tens of thousands of families have found themselves with a greatly reduced income—if any. By the middle of 2020, over 100,000 people on Bali had lost their job. While government support has been limited, Indonesians and foreigners have sprung into action, raising funds and distributing badly needed food and everyday essentials to those most in need.

We've been raising awareness of these efforts, and if you’d like to make a contribution of any kind, you can see a list of some organisations here. Further projects have registered themselves with Bali Solidarity. If you know of an effort and would like to have them listed, please send their information to

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