The President of Perth-based Indonesia Institute Inc., an NGO active in promoting Indonesia-Australia relations in both countries, has panned a recent statement from an Australian official urging Western Australians to stop going to Bali.

Authorities in Bali said they have traced the people who are believed to have been in contact with New Zealand’s first COVID-19 case — a woman who traveled from Iran to Auckland via Bali.

An official from the Australian state of Western Australia has called on citizens to “stop going to Bali,” as part of an effort to replace the state’s loss of international holidaymakers following the China travel ban due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The Chief of Bali Health Agency, I Ketut Suarjaya, said today that there are seven patients currently under observation across several hospitals on the island, as authorities wait for lab results to confirm whether or not they are infected with the novel coronavirus.

UPDATE March 4: Bali authorities said they are coordinating with relevant authorities to trace the contacts of the Australian woman, but have yet to receive an official notification from Australia. Read on here.

UPDATE March 4: Bali authorities have traced the people who were in contact with the New Zealand woman and they are currently being monitored. Read on here.

New Zealand today confirmed its first case of COVID-19, said to be a female citizen in her 60s who recently traveled from Iran to Auckland via Bali.

the island of Bali

A beautiful and cultural rich island of Indonesia, one among 17.000 islands.


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