The increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia has evidently not deterred the country’s second-in-command from reportedly joking about the benefits of alternative medicine, amid a global health emergency that the World Health Organization (WHO) has just declared a pandemic.

The 53-year-old woman who died from the novel coronavirus in Indonesia was a British patient being treated at the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar, local officials confirmed today.

“Yes, this morning at 2.45am I received information from Sanglah that one patient being observed for COVID-19 passed away.

The Bali Health Agency says it’s observing and waiting on test results for nine people who are suspected to be infected with the novel coronavirus.

Ketut Suarjaya, who heads the agency, said yesterday that eight of the patients are at the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar, while one patient is at Sanjiwani Hospital in Gianyar regency, as reported by state news agency Antara.

The death toll of a dengue fever outbreak in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province has hit 37, the local Health Agency said today, adding that a lack of immediate care of patients contributed to the fatalities.

Bonik Ingunau, who works as a tour guide and freelance driver, has been feeling the ripple effects of the international outbreak of the novel coronavirus here in Bali. Though officials have yet to announce any cases of COVID-19 on the island, the epidemic has created a rift in the global tourism industry; which plays a major role in the local economy.

A short video showing a foreign woman buck naked while crossing a street in Canggu has gone viral on social media, sparking a divisive discussion about respecting cultures and local customs here in Bali while also prompting local authorities to act.

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