Bali Covid-19 News – Boosters Available, Quarantine Now 7 Days
NusaBali.com reports the National Task Force for COVID-19 now stipulates that the mandatory quarantine period for those entering Indonesia from abroad is reduced from 10 to 7 days, regardless of the country of origin.
In anticipation of an increased wave of Omicron cases, the Province of Bali is intensifying its program of booster vaccinations, prioritizing injections for senior citizens.
Explaining the most recent reduction in the quarantine period to a uniform period of seven days, I Made Rentin, the Secretary for the Bali Provincial COVID-19 Task Force, said: “Earlier (the period of quarantine) varied depending on the country of origin for each traveler. With travelers from countries with high rates of Omicron quarantined for ten days. From countries with little or no Omicron cases quarantined for seven days.” The period of quarantine now stands at a uniform seven days. Bali Covid-19 News
Rentin conveyed that data provided by the central government via the Ministry of Communications and Informations (Kominfo) recorded 414 Omicron cases in the first ten days of 2022, ending on 10 January. 99% of these cases were recorded as “light cases” of COVID-19. Accordingly, Rentin said that most patients did not require hospitalization and could be treated at their homes.
The head of Bali’s Provincial Health Department, Dr. I Ketut Suarjaya, reports that the people of Bali are enthusiastically embracing plans to receive a third booster shot. Across the Island, 120 health facilities and 62 hospitals are poised to provide boosters. Suarjaya is confident that the 3.4 million people living in Bali will soon have been vaccinated for the third time.
Bali currently has 500,000 COVID-19 dosages on stand-by, a stock that can be replenished as required.
Booster shots are provided to the public in Indonesia without charge.
Bali Covid-19 News – Three Reasons for Optimism in Bali
Bali’s Deputy-Governor, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace), quoted by Beritabali.com, said that the Government, the Island’s business sector, and the Balinese public are united in the optimistic belief that 2022 will see Bali’s economy rebuild and return to positive territory.
This optimism, said Cok Ace, is buoyed on three fronts. First is the success of achieving very high vaccination levels among those living in Bali and widespread acceptance and embrace of established protocols for cleanliness, health, safety, and environmental sustainability (CHSE).
Secondly, Bali’s optimism is bolstered by several international events, including hosting the G20 Summit, scheduled to be hosted by the Island in Q4 2022. In the view of the Deputy-Governor, these events underline the public’s readiness in Bali to reopen to international tourism.
Thirdly, the Deputy-Governor, a Balinese hotelier, points to various surveys conducted in Europe that show 50% of the public on the Continent desire to visit the Island. Bali, in Cok Ace’s view, remains a favorite international destination. Bali Covid-19 News
The Deputy-Governor warned that obstacles to the recovery of tourism in Bali remained. Those obstacles include regulatory and visa impediments complicating tourist visits to Bali and the escalating outbreak of COVID-19 in the main source markets for Bali tourism.
In response to the current situation faced by Bali’s tourism industry, Cok Ace is urging all stakeholders to persuade domestic travelers coming to Bali to follow CHSE protocols strictly. Close adherence to the rules will prevent the spread of the coronavirus and demonstrate the Island’s readiness to welcome foreign travelers.
“I sincerely hope that we all realize that to rebuild the Balinese economy, close cooperation from every sector of society is needed,” said the Deputy-Governor at a public forum on Wednesday, 22 December 2021. Bali Covid-19 News
Russian Bogus “Interpol Cop” Gets Prison for 3 Years!
Evgenii Bagianstev (56), a Russian national arrested by police in Bali for bogusly posing to be an INTERPOL police officer, has been sentenced to three years in prison via an online court proceeding on Tuesday, 11 January 2022.
As reported by NusaBali, Evgenii was ruled guilty of extorting Rp. 20 million from a Uzbekistani national, Nikolay Marmanov, while posing as an Interpol officer threatening to imprison his victim.
The sentence of three years was one year less than the four years sought by prosecutors.
The Russian has a limited period in which to file an appeal of his sentence and conviction before the court’s sentence becomes fixed law.
During the trial, it was shown how the Uzbekistani man, Nikolay Romanov, and two colleagues, were coerced and extorted by Evgenii Bagriantsev starting from 17 February 2021 until his arrest on 01 July 2021
After repeated blackmail attempts, Nikolay eventually contacted the police in Bali on 01 July 2021, resulting in the arrest of the Russian. Bali Covid-19 News
Apurva Kempinski: Beautifully Diversified
Innovative, inspiring, and heart-stirring were just some of the words heard from those attending a lavish “unity in diversity” celebration held in the opulent lobby of The Apurva Kempinski Hotel at Nusa Dua on Saturday, 15 January 2022.
Translated directly from the Indonesian national motto of “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” and engraved on the national emblem – the earliest historical trace of the phrase “Unity in Diversity” is found in the 14th century Majapahit poetry of Mpu Tantular. The Majapahit maritime empire that stood for more than two centuries stretched from Sumatra to New Guinea. The last great Hindu empire, Majapahit laid the early groundwork for the dazzling diversity of modern-day Indonesia that is home today to more than 17,000 islands and hundreds of languages and cultural groups.
Holding dear the inclusiveness and cherishing the never-ending cultural kaleidoscope that is Indonesia, The Apurva Kempinski Bali has adopted the national motto as its branding, heralding a celebration of the rich cultural diversity, heritage, and core philosophy of seven of Indonesia’s main regions: Sumatra, Java, Nusa Tenggara, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku, and Papua.
The Saturday evening launch of the “Unity in Diversity” program at the resort on 15 January 2022 displayed to magnificent advantage the monumental lobby area of The Apurva Kempinski, a non-stop program of songs and dances from the seven regions of Indonesia. Drinks, including local specialty brews, were served together with unique tasting opportunities of culinary delights from each of the four corners of the Pendopo Lobby.
Embracing the challenge of enriching their guest experience, The Apurva Kempinski Bali is sharing Indonesia’s traditional legends and mystical stories, holistic wellness treatments, culinary specialties, handicrafts, dance, music, and games from the seven selected regions.
Throughout 2022, The Apurva Kempinski Bali will host distinctive bi-monthly programs, special events, exhibitions by leading artisans from various regions and complementing a dizzying picture of Indonesia’s diversity. Bali Covid-19 News
Each of the resort’s eclectic collection of dining venues will invite guests and hotel visitors to explore the traditional dishes of many regions of Indonesia, while The Apurva Spa will present healing and wellness therapies. Meanwhile, The Jalak Family Club will introduce children to the wonders of traditional games and play.
During the continuing program of festivities, some of the most distinguished proponents of Indonesia’s cultural panorama will be showcased, including:
- An aromatic journey with Tanamera Coffee;
- The savoir-faire and bon vivant artistic outlook on life of Cyril Kongo;
- Insights into life and culture along the Indonesian archipelago with anthropologist and film-maker Dr. Lawrence Blair;
- A rolling program of art and local craftsmanship exhibitions curated by architect-designer Raul Renanda;
- Inspiring the next generation of leaders via vocational programs operated in conjunction with Politeknik Negeri Bali and the Bali Culinary Pastry School;
- A monthly jazz soiree in partnership with the Ubud Village Jazz Festival;
- Colossal spectacular performances by the Bali campus of the Institut Seni Indonesia;
- Exhibitions featuring tops designers, such as Torang Sitorus, Asha Smara Darra, Era Soekamto, and Franklin Firdaus. Bali Covid-19 News
Each element of The Apurva Kempinski Bali’s year-long “Unity in Diversity” celebration will be carefully curated to share Indonesia’s culture, heritage, and philosophy. As host and backdrop to this year-long showcase, The Apurva Kempinski Bali strengthens its reputation as an unequaled repository for modern Balinese architecture that pays respectful homage to the Island’s natural landscapes and many temples. The resort’s opulent interior spaces, created by Indonesia’s finest craftsmen and artisans, pay tribute to the country’s rich design heritage.
At the heart of each visit to The Apurva Kempinski Bali is the unspoken charm, pride of place, and the genuine welcome radiated by every member of the resort’s multicultural team. The respectful warmth and hospitality of refined ladies and gentlemen who work at the Island’s most opulent resort are at the very core of its mantra of “unity in diversity.”
Now and for the future to come, the award-winning Apurva Kempinski Bali Resort will continue to celebrate the family spirit at the core of “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika.” Bali Covid-19 News
“Here at The Apurva Kempinski Bali, we strive to celebrate Indonesia’s diversity every single day,” said general manager Vincent Guironnet. “We have been meticulously laying the groundwork to prepare the stage for this spectacular moment. It shows our identity in embracing the archipelago’s rich culture, and now, we are extremely excited to invite our guests to explore these unique experiences themselves.”
Presented here are photos taken at the Saturday evening gala held in the lobby of The Apurva Kempinski Bali, where all in attendance experienced first-hand the joy of Bhinneka Tunggal Ika.
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