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Bali orders people to stay at home on major holiday to contain COVID-19

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Fri, March 27 2020   /  12:51 am
Observance deferred: A pecalang (customary Balinese guard) allows an ambulance to pass in Denpasar, Bali, on Thursday, the day of the usually bustling Ngembak Geni festival. Bali Governor I Wayan Koster called on all residents to stay at home on the day of the festival, which takes place one day after Nyepi (Balinese Day of Silence), to help curb the spread of COVID-19.(JP/Zul Trio Anggono)(customary Balinese guard) allows an ambulance to pass in Denpasar, Bali, on Thursday, the day of the usually bustling Ngembak Geni festival. Bali Governor I Wayan Koster called on all residents to stay at home on the day of the festival, which takes place one day after Nyepi (Balinese Day of Silence), to help curb the spread of COVID-19.(JP/Zul Trio Anggono)

Observance deferred: A pecalang (customary Balinese guard) allows an ambulance to pass in Denpasar, Bali, on Thursday, the day of the usually bustling Ngembak Geni festival. Bali Governor I Wayan Koster called on all residents to stay at home on the day of the festival, which takes place one day after Nyepi (Balinese Day of Silence), to help curb the spread of COVID-19.(JP/Zul Trio Anggono)To contain the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the Bali administration ordered people to stay at home on Thursday for the normally bustling festival of Ngembak Geni, the day after Nyepi (Hindu Day of Silence), during which Balinese people traditionally throng the island’s beaches and public places in celebration.

The resort island has reported at least nine confirmed COVID-19 cases with two deaths, a relatively small number compared to Jakarta, which has more than 500 cases and 40 deaths. Scien...