Denpasar mayor urges city residents to stay at home amid coronavirus outbreak

A distribution map of COVID-19, consisting of persons under monitoring and patients under observation, screengrabbed from Denpasar city’s official website on March 30.
A distribution map of COVID-19, consisting of persons under monitoring and patients under observation, screengrabbed from Denpasar city’s official website on March 30.

The Mayor of Denpasar yesterday urged the city’s residents to refrain from returning to their hometowns and stay at home instead, as part of an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Bali. 

“I am asking all residents living in Denpasar for the time being do not go anywhere, including to go to your hometown, stay at your respective homes [instead] to break the chain on COVID-19 spread,” Denpasar Mayor Ida Bagus Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra said, as quoted by state news agency Antara. 

Many of those who live in Denpasar hail from different parts of the island and even the country. With the social and physical distancing advisory in place and the option to return to their family homes might make sense financially, officials fear it might contribute to further spread of COVID-19. 

According to Denpasar government’s official website, there are currently 96 people under monitoring in the city, along with two patients under observation and two more who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 

Across Bali, the total number of positive COVID-19 cases stand at 10 as of yesterday afternoon, including two deaths of foreign nationals, while a total of 141 patients have been placed under observation, as per data from the provincial government. 

“Our success in breaking the chain of coronavirus spread requires discipline and cooperation from everyone, not only the government, but also the public in heeding the instructions and suggestions from officials,” Rai Mantra said. 

Last week, a nurse who tested positive for COVID-19 reportedly went home to Tabanan regency while waiting for her test results, prompting officials to trace her close contacts immediately. 

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