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A 12-year-old boy in Gianyar regency who was previously suspected to have died from dengue fever was later confirmed to have been infected with the coronavirus, following the result of swab tests that came out after his funeral.

Foreign surfers in Bali are now officially permitted to access two beaches in Bali’s Badung regency, a local official has confirmed. The concession, however, is plainly discriminatory as it does not apply to local residents, who are instead asked to remain patient while staying at home.

Bali province is still focusing on public health amid the COVID-19 pandemic and has no plans on restarting tourism activities in the near future, the governor says, as Indonesia appears set to head into a so-called “new normal” despite the lack of downward trend in new cases of the coronavirus across the archipelago.

Officials in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) have recorded a considerable surge in the number of COVID-19 cases among children this week, with the age group representing about 15 percent of the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the province thus far.

The Bali provincial government is now making it compulsory for travelers entering Bali via Ngurah Rai International Airport to present a COVID-19-negative medical certificate, along with several other travel requirements imposed amid the coronavirus outbreak.

President Joko Widodo today said tourism across Indonesia shouldn’t reopen “in haste” while emphasizing the importance of establishing strict health protocols before welcoming both domestic and international travelers. 

Speaking at a meeting held via virtual conference earlier today, Jokowi called on Indonesian officials and tourism players to anticipate a massive trend change in traveling, which he said will be more focused on health, hygiene, safety, and security, while also leaning towards solo, wellness and virtual types of tourism.

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