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Five Italian nationals were allegedly stranded at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, according to a viral social media post, as they are reportedly unable to return home nor are they permitted to enter Indonesia.

A resident doctor from Airlangga University in Surabaya, who practiced for about two weeks at Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar, has tested positive for COVID-19, fueling concerns that he might have been infected with the novel coronavirus while on the island.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has posed a major challenge for the tourism sector, with hotels in Bali now reportedly imposing a half-month shifts policy for their staff in order to manage low occupancy rates due to dwindling travelers visiting the island.

Hundreds of people reportedly attended an ordination Mass for a new bishop in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) this morning, despite last-minute requests to cancel the event amid the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The Mass reportedly began at 9am today to celebrate the ordination of Siprianus Hormat, who is the new bishop of Ruteng, the capital of NTT’s Manggarai regency that is situated on Flores island.

Bali’s Tabanan regency reportedly recorded 4,804 pig deaths since an unknown swine disease swept the island early this year, with officials expecting the number to continue to rise as they scramble to contain the unidentified virus.

Bali authorities today confirmed that all internet service on the island will still be suspended for the Balinese Day of Silence or Nyepi on March 25, noting exceptions for a number of “vital” services including hospitals and police stations.

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