Bali records highest daily increase with over 500 new COVID-19 cases today

Officers from the COVID-19 joint task force during a health protocol check in Bali. Photo: Bali Provincial Government
Officers from the COVID-19 joint task force during a health protocol check in Bali. Photo: Bali Provincial Government

Bali province reported its biggest daily increase of COVID-19 cases today with 542 cases, as the central government’s restrictions policy begins its second phase for at least another two weeks.

The provincial COVID-19 tally now stands at 24,492 cases for Bali, with 3,186 people undergoing treatment and 650 officially reported deaths, according to data published by the provincial government this afternoon.

Bali has been reporting a surge for a little more than a week now, with the second-highest daily tally at 494 cases exactly a week ago. Most cases have been reported from Denpasar city and Badung regency. 

Today also marks the start of the second phase of the Enforcement of Restrictions on Public Activities (PPKM) policy in Java and Bali, which has been extended until at least Feb. 8.

In a circular about the extension published on Sunday, Bali Governor Wayan Koster announced that testing requirements for incoming domestic visitors will remain the same as before. This includes provisions for those traveling by air, road, or sea having to obtain a negative PCR test result within two days of entering Bali, while a negative antigen rapid test result must be obtained one day before.

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Under PPKM, businesses in Bali are required to close by 8pm, while offices or public facilities must limit capacity to 25 percent. Additionally, any public activities with the potential of drawing crowds ⁠— be it religious, socio-cultural or traditional ⁠—  can only go on “with very limited participants and duration.”

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