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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.

Coastal floods hit parts of southern Bali yesterday, which saw streets near some of the island’s most popular beaches flooded with seawater. Officials have issued a warning and cautioned local residents to remain alert for any updates, as more flooding can be expected today.

The governor of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) says he would rather face the coronavirus rather than letting his citizens die of hunger, as his administration announces that tourist destinations in the province will begin reopening on June 15.

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