Bali reopening to foreign tourists delayed as COVID surges -minister

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s government will wait until COVID-19 cases fall significantly before opening Bali to foreign tourists, the country’s tourism minister said in an interview. The coronavirus pandemic has devastated the economy of Bali, for decades a magnet for holidaymakers thanks to its spectacular beaches, vibrant nightlife and distinctive Hindu culture. “We were targeting end of July, beginning of August, but we just have to be mindful of where we are in this recent spike (in coronavirus cases),” Indonesia’s Minister for Tourism and the Cultural Economy, Sandiaga Uno, told Reuters in… Read More

Hong Kong bans passenger flights from Indonesia over COVID-19 fears

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong will ban passenger flights from Indonesia from Friday, deeming the country’s arrivals “extremely high risk” for the coronavirus. The Hong Kong government said late on Wednesday it was suspending flights after the number of imported COVID-19 cases from Indonesia crossed thresholds set by the global financial hub. Hong Kong has already banned arrivals from India, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines, using a flight suspension rule triggered when there are five or more passengers who test positive for one of the variant COVID-19 cases on arrival, or… Read More

Hundreds of vaccinated Indonesian health workers get Covid-19, dozens in hospital

More than 350 doctors and medical workers have caught Covid-19 in Indonesia despite being vaccinated with Sinovac, officials said, as concerns grow about the efficacy of some vaccines against more infectious variants.Most of the workers were asymptomatic and self-isolating at home, said Badai Ismoyo, head of the health office in the district of Kudus in central Java, but dozens have been hospitalized with high fevers and falling oxygen-saturation levels.Kudus, which has about 5,000 healthcare workers, is battling an outbreak believed to be driven by the more transmissible Delta variant, which has raised its bed occupancy rates above… Read More

Banjir di Nusa Tenggara Timur, 44 disahkan terkorban

JAKARTA: Seramai 44 orang disahkan terkorban setakat ini dalam kejadian banjir lumpur dan tanah runtuh di wilayah Flores Timur di Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia. Perkara itu disahkan Badan Nasional Pengurusan Bencana (BNPB) Indonesia dalam satu kenyataan, pada Ahad. Puluhan rumah di beberapa desa di wilayah berkenaan ditenggelami lumpur akibat banjir selain ditimbusi tanah runtuh. Cabaran di lapangan adalah akses satu-satunya ke tempat kejadian adalah menyeberang laut ke Pulau Adonara. Hujan, angin dan gelombang laut ketika ini menyebabkan pasukan penyelamat menghadapi kesukaran untuk ke lokasi kejadian. Hujan lebat sejak tiga hari lepas di… Read More