Jailbreakers may have caused COVID-19 spike in Bali: health agency

Theft suspect Gilang Andrianto under police custody. Photo: Handout
Theft suspect Gilang Andrianto under police custody. Photo: Handout

Bali’s Health Agency has laid the blame for the island’s small spike in COVID-19 cases on several jailbreakers, one of whom is still at large.

On Tuesday, Bali reported 23 new COVID-19 infections, 10 of which came from Jembrana Regency.

The Health Agency said that after tracing the cases in the regency, it has been determined that the patients recently came in contact with the escapees.

“So there have been local transmissions from the escapees,” Bali Health Agency Head Ketut Suarjaya said yesterday.

Three suspects escaped from the Jembrana Precinct’s detention facility on Sunday morning. Two of them were captured on Sunday evening, while another, Gilang Andrianto, who is a suspect for theft, has eluded the police to this day.

The agency did not say which of the three escapees spread the coronavirus.

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