Bali records 577 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily increase during the pandemic

File photo of authorities enforcing restrictions in Bali. Photo: Bali Provincial Government
File photo of authorities enforcing restrictions in Bali. Photo: Bali Provincial Government

Bali today recorded the province’s highest daily rise of COVID-19 cases throughout the pandemic with 577 cases, as Indonesia reported another record-breaking day in the nation’s daily caseload.

Bali’s highest daily rise was recorded back in late January, with 542 cases, and the province has managed to keep the numbers low for months since then, even reporting less than 100 cases daily for about a month. However, the number of cases have steadily risen for almost three weeks now, amid a devastating wave that has swept Indonesia.

The province’s record-breaking day occurred as Indonesia today reported its highest daily spike to date, with 38,391 cases. 

According to Governor Wayan Koster, the recent case spike in Bali is the direct result of increased tracing. Koster said Bali has scaled up tracing by 200 percent compared to the time before current restrictions ⁠— the Emergency Enforcement of Restriction on Public Activities (Emergency PPKM) — were enforced. The official said this amounts to about 3,000 people per day. 

At a press conference yesterday, Koster reassured the public that his administration will continue to increase service capacity and oxygen supply for health facilities on the island, the latter of which he claimed are sufficient for the next three months. 

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