DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – Bali recorded a surge in the number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, April 28, by 22 people. This is due to a surge in local transmission cases by 13 people, which occurred in Bangli and Karangasem Regency.
This was revealed by the Deputy Chairman of the Bali COVID-19 handling and prevention Dewa Made Indra.
“Of the 13 cases of local transmission, apparently eight people came from one village. Namely Banjar Serokadan, in Bangli Regency. Then four people from Padangkerta, Karangasem Regency, and one other person from other areas in Karangasem,” said Dewa Indra in Denpasar, Tuesday.
Dewa Indra explained this was due to two Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI) who were not disciplined in conducting self-quarantine.
“Earlier I called the Bangli Regent asking why this local transmission could occur in large numbers in one village. As informed by the regent, at first there was a PMI confirmed for COVID-19 who did self-quarantine independently and showing no symptoms, but he continued to interact with his family,” he said.
While the same thing also happened in Padangkerta, Karangasem regency, where four people were infected due to a PMI confirmed for COVID-19 and continued interacting with relatives. This was confirmed after Dewa Indra contacted Deputy Regent of Karangasem I Wayan Artha Dipa.
Therefore, Dewa Indra has asked the Regent of Bangli and Karangasem to ensure that there will be no more such cases in the same village in the future.
“I have asked the Regent of Bangli and Karangasem to take good care so that local transmission does not happen again in the family and the village. Today (yesterday) is the highest number of new confirmed cases compared to my previous reports,” said Dewa Indra.
From the cases occurred in Karangasem and Bangli, Dewa Indra concluded that the government’s advisories have not been applied with discipline.
If the community and especially the migrant workers follow the government’s advisories to carry out self-quarantine at home, keep physical distance, and do not make contact with others, then this case will not happen.
“Only because of two undisciplined people, can cause 12 local transmissions cases. Imagine if there were many PMIs who were not disciplined, how many cases would occur,” he said.
Dewa Indra explained, as of Monday, April 27, migrant workers returned home totaling 11,639 people. Whereas the number of SWABs taken was to 2,516 people, while for rapid tests had been carried out 42,200 times in total, one person took the test twice.