An official in Bali is laying the blame for the island’s rising COVID-19 caseload on maskless foreigners, notably in areas which have grow to be among the many hottest because the Island of Gods reopened its gates to worldwide guests this 12 months.
Bali Well being Company Head I Nyoman Gede Anom mentioned that 18 out of 56 individuals who examined optimistic for COVID-19 on Thursday had been foreigners.
“For the reason that starting of my tenure, there have been instances of foreigners testing optimistic [for COVID-19]. In truth, the numbers are sometimes greater than that of Indonesians,” mentioned Nyoman, who was put in as Bali’s well being chief in April.
In response to Nyoman, out of 51 new instances on Wednesday, 21 of them had been foreigners. The company additionally recorded 17 foreigners testing optimistic on Tuesday out of 65 new instances that day.
Nyoman cited foreigners going maskless in public to be among the many causes of the caseload spike. The maskless foreigners, he mentioned, are sometimes seen in North Kuta’s Canggu and Kerobokan.
“These [foreign citizens] deliver their dangerous habits from their nations of origin of not carrying masks. Over there they’re free [to not wear masks]. In truth, it’s our people who find themselves disciplined in carrying masks, whereas [foreigners] are used to not carrying masks from the start,” he added, with out going into specifics of the foreigners’ nationalities.
With the intention to curb the unfold of COVID-19 amongst foreigners, Nyoman mentioned that his division will instantly implement well being protocols in addition to maximizing vaccination efforts.
A win some, lose some scenario, it appears, by way of Bali’s tourism revival vs COVID-19 disaster.