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Indonesia to reopen Bali for international visitors in October

Christian Fernsby |
The Indonesian government will reopen its resort island of Bali for international visitors in October, as the number of COVID-19 cases has been declining in the country, Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan said on Friday.

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The Southeast Asian country has just emerged from the peak of the second wave of COVID-19 transmissions triggered by the Delta variant from July to August and managed to reduce its positivity rate to less than 5 percent, Pandjaitan said.

The COVID-19 Task Force recorded the highest daily increase of cases at 56,757 in July 15, but the day-to-day rise dropped sharply to 3,835 on September 17.

"If the number of cases continues to drop like this, we are confident to reopen Bali," Panjaitan told a virtual press conference.

Indonesia will prioritize foreign tourists from countries with controlled COVID-19 cases. Authorities continue to monitor the progress of the pandemic handling every week to ensure that the conditions remain under control so that Bali is safe to reopen.

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