September 23, 2021
Domestic tourism to Bali triples + No mask no selfie + Active Covid cases fall below 50,000 + more
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“With PPKM at Level 3, Domestic Tourism to Bali Triples” from Kumparan (Indonesian): "When viewed from arrivals at the airport, it is currently at 4,300 per day. During the Emergency PPKM in June-July, it was only around 700 to 800 per day," said the Head of the Provincial Tourism Office Bali, Putu Astawa, on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the most popular visits are coastal areas such as Kuta, Legian and Pandawa beaches. He said that domestic tourist visits to Bali depended on the development of the dynamics of Covid-19 on Bali. If Covid-19 cases continue to decline, it is possible that tourist visits will be more crowded. "We hope that the Tourism Office can improve our tourism conditions. Because we are really down from the tourism aspect," he said.
Context: These numbers do not correspond with airport numbers released on the same day. See the story under the Bali Reopening section below for more information.
“No Selfies at Tourist Attractions Without a Mask” from Liputan6 (Indonesian): Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno stated that the trial implementation of the opening of 20 tourist attractions during PPKM Level 3 and 2 last week showed positive results because they had implemented the CHSE standard and the PeduliLindungi application properly. However, he highlighted that there were still weak points in the application of health protocols, one of which was selfie behavior. "Especially when taking photos, when taking selfies, tourists like to take off masks, even though we said no," said Sandiaga on Monday. He asked all tourists to be more disciplined in wearing masks, even at tourist sites.
“Active Covid-19 Cases Fall Below 50,000” from Antara: The total number of active coronavirus cases in Indonesia dropped below 50,000 on Wednesday and is the lowest in a year, according to Health Ministry data. The country currently has 49,662 active Covid-19 cases, having recorded 2,720 new cases, 5,356 recoveries and 149 deaths in the past 24 hours. The last time it reported fewer than 50,000 cases was in early September of last year. President Joko Widodo said vaccination has become a priority in his government’s current Covid-19 policies. “We focus on two things: ramping up vaccinations and strengthening health protocols,” the president said.
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“Foreigner Entry Rules to Indonesia Carefully Evaluated” from Antara: The Ministry of Law and Human Rights has said regulations allowing foreign nationals to enter Indonesia has been through a number of evaluations. "The regulation is not issued suddenly out of the way, but has undergone assessment from various parties including the COVID-19 Task Force," the ministry's head of public relations and general directorate of immigration, Arya Pradhana Anggakara, said on Wednesday. "The regulation requires every foreigner who is entering Indonesia to show a vaccine certificate that proves they have obtained a full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine," he said. Every foreigner who wants to enter the country must submit a negative COVID-19 swab test result and have health insurance that will cover the treatment costs in case they fall sick, he said.
“Over 45 Million Indonesians Fully Vaccinated” from Antara: The Covid-19 Task Force recorded that 45.85 million people have received the second doses of Covid-19 vaccine as of Tuesday. Over the last day, the number of people who took the second shots increased by 628,383. Meanwhile, the number of people who received first doses rose by more than 750,000 to 80.40 million people. The Task Force also recorded that there are now 864,324 health workers who received boosters or third doses.
Context: You can follow the progress of Bali’s vaccination rollout on The Bali Beat Sunday evening email.
Nation: “Indonesia Pursues Narrowing Gap in Vaccine Distribution” from Antara
Nation: “Apply Religious Approach to Expedite Vaccination Drives: MUI” from Antara
Nation: “Indonesia Receives 684,900 Astrazeneca Doses” from Antara
Nation: “Health Office Reveals Vaccination Problems in NTT” from Republika (Indonesian)
Health Protocols (Prokes) & Health Services
“Bali Records Highest Number of Deaths Nationwide on Wednesday” from CNN Indonesia (Indonesian): Bali became the province with the highest number of Covid deaths for the day on Wednesday, with 16 deaths recorded. Meanwhile, nationally, the death toll related to Covid-19 increased by 149 cases. With this addition, the Covid-19 Handling Task Force recorded that a cumulative 140,954 people died due to exposure to Covid-19 over the past 18 months.
Context: While the CNNIndonesia report is correct, it is important to note that the 7-day total number of Covid19-related deaths in Bali is at its lowest level since July 14, 2021.
Nation: “2022 National Holidays Depend on Covid” from Antara
Province: “Majority of Bali Now Yellow-Zoned” from Bali Post (Indonesian)
Badung: “Kuta Beach Will Soon Have QR Code Scanners” from Nusa Bali (Indonesian)
Buleleng: “Covid-19 Cases in Buleleng Continue Decline” from Bali Puspa News (Indonesian)
Denpasar: “Judiciary Team Nets 20 Prokes Violators” from Antara Bali (Indonesian)
Economy & Infrastructure
“Human and Natural Resources Key to Sustainable Tourism” from Antara: Deputy Governor of Bali Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati has emphasized that maintaining human and natural resources as well as ensuring the welfare of Balinese people are the keys to maintaining sustainable tourism in Bali. "This is what we have to hold on to. How to make it, so that sustainable tourism does not get out of the concept. If we want to maintain culture as the attraction of Bali, the human and natural elements must be preserved," Sukawati said on Wednesday. Another important key was ensuring that the welfare of Balinese people was guaranteed through sustainable tourism. He believes that the people of Bali did not want to just be considered as objects of tourism on an island but also subjects, who partake in promoting tourism in their own place.
Nation: “ADB Slashes 2021 Economic Growth Forecast to 3.5%” from Antara
Denpasar: “Chicken Feed Prices Rise, Chicken Farmers Almost Collapse” from Bali Express (Indonesian)
“Face-to-face Learning in Klungkung Starts Next Monday” from Bali Puspa News (Indonesian): This was confirmed by the Head of Klungkung Education and Education Office, Drs Ketut Sujana on Wednesday. They stated that after holding a coordination meeting with the Covid-19 Task Force and after the approval of the Klungkung Regent, PTM would finally be carried out in two stages, including continuing to do online learning. “Our face-to-face learning in Klungkung will be open in two stages and will remain online on Monday." said Kadisdik Ketut Sujana. The Klungkung Education Office would later make an application for a permit for limited face-to-face school operations to the Head of the Covid-19 Task Force. “I finally got approval from the Head of the Klungkung Regent's Task Force I Nyoman Suwirta for the permit. Now, after complete coordination, limited PTM will be implemented starting next Monday,” said Ketut Sujana.
“Passengers Movements Reach Almost 10,000” from Nusa Bali (Indonesian): Stakeholder Relations Manager of PT Angkasa Pura I, I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport Taufan Yudhistira, said on Tuesday the movement of passengers from 1-20 September 2021 was quite high. According to records, the movement of passengers both arriving and departing reached 135,494 people. In detail, 70,178 people arrived at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International airport and 65,316 people departed. The highest number of passenger movements occurred on September 19, 2021. The number of passenger movements both arriving and departing was almost 10,000. Meanwhile, the daily moving average for both departing and arriving is around 5,000. "The daily average arrivals range from 2,000 to 3,000 passengers. The same goes for those who leave," said Taufan.
Klungkung: “Besakih Temple Begins to Be Visited by Tourists” from Radar Bali (Indonesian)
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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 TheBaliBeat@outlanders.global
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