Indonesia records 5,444 COVID-19 cases in highest daily spike, but Bali is still crowded

18-Nov-2020 Intellasia | Sea Mashable | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Tourism hotspots across the world will do anything they can to salvage the gargantuan losses they’ve made during the COVID-19 pandemic.

After all, for many people in places like Bali, Indonesia, tourism is their bread and butter.

And it seems that Bali’s reopening to domestic tourists has been largely successful. However, beaches are getting worryingly crowded.

Videos, purportedly showing large crowds gathered at various beaches and other tourism hotspots in Bali, have been circulating on social media over the weekend of November 15.

One could be easily forgiven for thinking that these videos were taken pre-COVID-19. But a more careful look will reveal that a lot of people are wearing face masks, sans social distancing.

To many, this is a cause for concern, especially considering the fact that Indonesia just recorded its highest and second-highest daily COVID-19 spikes not too long ago on November 13 (5,444 cases) and November 14 (5,272 cases) respectively.

The video above, posted by @infodenpasar, shows an extremely crowded Sanur Beach. What’s not really reassuring is the fact that most people seen in the video aren’t wearing masks. Some can be forgiven because they’re eating or drinking. But it’s worrying to see that a lot of people who don’t seem to be doing either are walking around bare-faced.

And if it isn’t obvious enough, barely anyone is social distancing.

Another video, posted by @infobadung, shows beachgoers in Seminyak enjoying a nice day out, although the crowds look a little more scattered than Sanur Beach. But still crowded nonetheless.

But it’s not just beaches that are crowding up in Bali. Sacred sites are receiving their fair share of visitors.

The Hindu-Balinese water temple, Tirta Empul, is a popular spot for devotees and tourists. People usually bathe in its spring waters, which are considered holy.

Though there’s a limit of only 20 people in the springs at all times, the lack of social distancing in the ‘line’ waiting outside is anything but holy. It’s anxiety-inducing.

I can count the number of masked folks in the video above with just one hand.

Badung Public Order Agency Head, I Gusti Agung Ketut Suryanegara says authorities are doing all they can in ensuring people stay safe.

“Sometimes it’s a dilemma between them who are eating, drinking, or smoking, so we strengthen order when entering and leaving the beach by requiring them to wear masks, wash hands, and have their temperatures checked,” Suryanegara said.

As of press time, Bali has accumulated a total of 12,698 COVID-19 cases, along with 403 deaths.

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