Half of Indonesia’s COVID-19 red zones are in Bali, task force says

A scene from Denpasar city, the capital of Bali province. Photo: Unsplash/Nyoman Yuda Wirawan
A scene from Denpasar city, the capital of Bali province. Photo: Unsplash/Nyoman Yuda Wirawan

Indonesia may have recorded a notable decrease of COVID-19 “red zones” across the country at the end of March, but the number of high-risk areas have doubled again since then with five regions in Bali accounting for half the total. 

As of April 11, 10 regencies and cities in Indonesia are deemed as having the highest risk of COVID-19 transmission, five of which are located in Bali: Badung, Gianyar, Buleleng, Tabanan, and Denpasar. 

Others in the list are located in North Sumatra, South Sumatra, Central Kalimantan, and South 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. Officials said that the zoning system is not based on the number of cases alone.  

“This latest development must be followed with consistency and control of COVID-19, whether it’s in the implementation of health protocols or anticipatory policies, as well as behavioral change in regions,” Indonesia’s COVID-19 task force spokesman, Wiku Adisasmito, said during a virtual discussion yesterday.

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