Pandemic, tourism, and crime: The most popular Coconuts Bali stories of 2020

As we’re finally nearing the end of what has been dubbed “the longest year” by some people, we here at Coconuts Bali think it’s time to revisit the year’s most popular stories. Photo: Instagram screengrabs
As we’re finally nearing the end of what has been dubbed “the longest year” by some people, we here at Coconuts Bali think it’s time to revisit the year’s most popular stories. Photo: Instagram screengrabs

As we’re finally nearing the end of what has been dubbed “the longest year” by some people, we here at Coconuts Bali think it’s time to revisit the year’s most popular stories. 

There’s no doubt that 2020 will always have a special place in all of our lives, for the very real fact that it’s the year when the coronavirus puts the world to a screeching halt. But news doesn’t stop even during quarantine, and though COVID-19-related news make the bulk of our stories, we’ve still got some Coconutty stories from Bali in the mix. Just in case you have missed some of that, let’s take a look at Coconuts Bali’s most read stories this year (in ascending order). 

File photo of a woman walking on a street in Bali. Photo: Pixabay

#10 Leading Bali virologist says island should go into lockdown

Sanglah General Hospital is the largest hospital in Bali. Photo: Sanglah General Hospital

#9 3 tourists tested for coronavirus infection in Bali hospital

File photo of dragon statues in Bali. Photo: Unsplash

#8. Thousands of workers in Bali on unpaid leave, hundreds more laid off: officials

Instagram story screengrabs from the party, which reportedly took place on April 12, 2020.

#7 Viral: Foreigners ignore social distancing by partying in Bali, sparking outrage online

The woman, identified as JA, had reportedly been wandering around Canggu with a dog on Tuesday evening, and acted as if nothing’s wrong even after randomly banging on doors. Photo: Istimewa via Kompas

#6 American woman escorted to Bali hospital after attempting to jump off building

Police have yet to determine when the video was originally taken. Screengrabs: Instagram / Bali Channel

#5 Police searching for foreigner after video of his freestyle motorcycle stunt in Seminyak went viral

A scene featuring women in traditional clothing in Bali. Photo: Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy

#4 No plans to open up Bali tourism in near future: governor

The missing tourist was found this morning. Photo: Basarnas Bali

#3 Colombian national found dead after going missing in Kuta Beach

An aerial view of a beach in Bali. Photo: Unsplash

#2 Hotels in Bali may start reopening in May as island expects to welcome Chinese tourists in June

At least one person didn't bother to follow the rules during Nyepi this year. Screengrab: Instagram

#1 ‘You have no law’: foreigner chained after insisting he isn’t breaking rule for jogging during Nyepi

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