3 out of Indonesia’s remaining 5 COVID-19 red zones are in Bali: task force

A scene taken in Denpasar city. Photo: Unsplash/Dendy Darma
A scene taken in Denpasar city. Photo: Unsplash/Dendy Darma

Indonesia this week reported a notable decrease in the number of high-risk “red zones” for COVID-19 across the country. And three out of the remaining five regions are in Bali. 

COVID-19 Task Force spokesman Wiku Adisasmito said that per March 28 data, regions with the highest risk of COVID-19 transmission in Indonesia are Buleleng, Tabanan, and Denpasar in Bali, as well as Kupang City in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) and Palangkaraya City in Central Kalimantan. 

The Southeast Asian country categorizes COVID-19 risks across its 314 regencies and cities into four zones, identified as red, orange, yellow, and green ⁠— each color corresponding to different risks of transmission, namely high-risk, medium-risk, low-risk, to those reporting zero cases, respectively. 

The government is optimistic about the latest data, as there were 10 red zones reported last week. 

Compared to other regions, Bali has reported a relatively low number of daily cases, but officials stress that the zoning system is not based on the number of cases alone. 

As of today, Bali has reported over 40,000 coronavirus cases, with the highest number reported in Denpasar at more than 12,000.  

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