National COVID-19 Task Force Chief Doni Monardo (left) with the Governor of Bali, I Wayan Koster during the Coordination Meeting for COVID-19 Handling at the Governor Office, Denpasar, on Thursday. (Picture: BNPB)
National COVID-19 Task Force Chief Doni Monardo (left) with the Governor of Bali, I Wayan Koster during the Coordination Meeting for COVID-19 Handling at the Governor Office, Denpasar, on Thursday. (Picture: BNPB)

DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) –National Covid-19 Task Force Chief Doni Monardo encouraged Bali Provincial Government to form a special Quarantine Task Force to improve procedures for handling the mobility of Indonesian citizens and foreign nationals entering the archipelago via Bali.

Doni explained that the Quarantine Task Force later will involve all components from across Ministries / Agencies assisted by elements of the TNI (the Indonesian Military) and Polri (the National Police).

“It is hoped that the Quarantine Task Force can be independent and all elements, both Ministries / Agencies, are in one command so that all foreigners and Indonesian arrive in Bali will go through health quarantine procedures according to the provisions,” Doni said at a meeting Bali Provincial Government in Denpasar, on Thursday.

According to Doni who also serves as Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), this is important because, in addition to controlling the number of active cases in the country, it is also to prevent the transmission of a new strain of COVID-19.

Moreover, the upcoming long holiday and the celebration of Eid al-Fitr also have the potential to trigger a very high movement of the community and it must be well anticipated.

“If we don’t do this, I’m afraid that new strains from several countries will infect our people here. As a result, our hope to open tourism in Bali will be constrained,” said Doni.

Furthermore, Doni hoped that the Quarantine Task Force, it can soon restore the economic activity of the community.

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