Patients in their 20s make up majority of COVID-19 cases in Bali: Task force

File photo of people hanging out on a beachside venue in Bali. Photo: Unsplash
File photo of people hanging out on a beachside venue in Bali. Photo: Unsplash

The majority of COVID-19 cases in Bali have been traced back to younger adults, the provincial task force said yesterday, reaffirming previous official statements that increased cases can be traced to young people, who have reportedly been going out and traveling more as restrictions loosened in the province.

“If we rate it from the total number of COVID-19 cases in Bali, which stands at 8,126, then COVID-19 patients aged between 20 and 29 years old make up about 20.93 percent,” Dewa Made Indra, regional secretary to the Bali administration and chairman of the task force, said yesterday

As of yesterday, the age breakdown of COVID-19 patients in Bali according to government data are as follows: 

0-9 years old: 290 patients
10-19 years old: 421 patients
20-29 years old: 1,701 patients
30-39 years old: 1,593 patients
40-49 years old: 1,497 patients
50-59 years old: 1,498 patients
60-69 years old: 748 patients
70-79 years old: 278 patients
80-89 years old: 80 patients 

(Editor’s Note: based on this breakdown, the total only adds up to 8,106 patients, the missing 20 patients were labeled as “invalid” on the province’s official website.)

Bali has recorded a significant surge in COVID-19 cases this month, with Deputy Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, or Cok Ace, previously saying that local transmissions have escalated from household clusters and traditional ceremonies. 

After Bali restarted activities and reopened to domestic tourism in July, a considerable number of young people have reportedly been going on excursions following months of quarantine. Cok Ace said this resulted in many asymptomatic cases, who later infect their household members.

Meanwhile, the traditional customs chief in Kuta, I Wayan Wasista, yesterday confirmed that a number of religious leaders have been infected with the coronavirus, most of whom are elders. However, he said that they could have contracted the disease at home and not during religious ceremonies.

The worrying rise of coronavirus cases has led to the provincial government restoring some stronger restrictions on activities, though they stopped short of fully closing down tourist attractions across the island. For now, officials are limiting the number of visitors and added stricter screening measures for travelers coming from other parts of Indonesia.

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