BALI – Previously persuaded it may have a mysterious immunity, Bali appears to be headed for a cruel Covid-19 wake-up call after a single cruise ship worker who refused to self-quarantine reportedly caused widespread infections in a village in the east of the Indonesian tourist island.
Acting on April 30, authorities sealed off Abuan, lying 10 kilometers north of Gianyar, Bali’s second most densely populated district and the spiritual birthplace of Balinese kings, and confined all 2,640 villagers to their homes.
With eight cases already confirmed through swabs, medical staff descending on the picturesque rural settlement subsequently screened out 442 suspect new cases from among the 1,200 villagers they subjected to the less-reliable rapid test.
Now, the swab results from the state-run Sanglah Hospital laboratory are in: what was widely perceived to be a cluster from hell has turned out to be nothing of the kind. According to officials, none of the 442 were positive for the virus.