Bali records highest single-day spike with 350 COVID-19 cases

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

Bali saw another record-breaking daily tally yesterday with 350 COVID-19 cases, bringing the provincial total closer to 20,000 amid new restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

“Today [Jan. 12] 350 people were confirmed positive [for COVID-19], this is the highest number of positive cases since the pandemic hit in Bali,” chief of Bali Health Agency, Ketut Suarjaya, said.

Suarjaya said most of the new cases can be traced to family clusters and are located in Denpasar, Badung, Gianyar, and Tabanan.

Bali began implementing Enforcement of Restrictions on Public Activities (PPKM) on Monday, which is a set of new COVID-19 restrictions put in place by Indonesia’s central government for Java and Bali. The restrictions are enforced until at least Jan. 25, with several modifications in Bali province, such as businesses being required to close at 9pm, and work from office capacity set to 50 percent.

I Gusti Agung Ketut Suryanegara, who heads the Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) in Badung regency said 15 businesses in Badung were given warnings for disobeying the curfew since PPKM went into effect.

As of Jan. 12, Bali has reported 19,987 COVID-19 cases. At the national level, Indonesia reported over 10,000 cases again just yesterday, bringing the country’s total to 846,765.

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