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Jakarta Post

Bali fights virus just as it attracts tourists — with local customs

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 27 2020   /  12:25 am

Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination, Bali, may have its local customs to thank for what officials claim has been its success in containing the COVID-19 outbreak, as the central government considers reopening the resort island.

As of Tuesday, Bali had reported 407 COVID-19 cases with 295 recoveries and four deaths – some of the lowest fatality figures in the entire country. Most of the cases were recorded in the capital of Denpasar, as well as in Buleleng and Bangli regencies.

The province, home to some 4.2 million people, reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on March 11, despite having continued to welcome its typical crowds of tourists in the early months of the pandemic.

Unlike other provinces, however, Bali does not publicly disclose the number of patients under surveillance (PDP) or people under observation (ODP), fueling doubt about the ver...