Coronavirus: tourist dies of COVID-19 in the crowded Bali street

Bali authorities confirmed that a French tourist who was found slumped on a motorcycle in a busy street died of coronavirus and was not a “drunk tourist” as initially suspected.

Gerard Philippe Follet’s death was initially thought to have been alcohol poisoning or a heart attack after being found unresponsive in a busy Denpasar street eight days ago.

A day after the Frenchman’s death, Bali governor Wayan Koster denied the 72-year-old coronavirus after a photo emerged on social media of Mr Follet drinking alcohol in a bar.

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“It is not related to coronavirus, I have a photo, he was drinking tuak (alcohol), maybe he was dizzy while driving, he fell,” said Koster.

But a Saturday post mortem test confirmed Mr. Follet as the fourth case of coronavirus on the holiday island.

An almost empty beach in Kuta on Sunday. Image: Sonny Tumbelaka / AFP
media_cameraAn almost empty beach in Kuta on Sunday. Image: Sonny Tumbelaka / AFP

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“It was confirmed after a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that was coronavirus positive,” said Sanglah I Ketut Sudartana hospital official. The Jakarta Post.

A tourist who saw Mr. Follet collapse on the handlebars of his motorbike and raised the alarm with the police said that initially the agents thought they were a “drunk tourist”.

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“I thought it was a hit. I parked the bike and went over to him. I saw that he was breathing. Then I was thinking about the coronavirus, so I shouted at him but got no answer, “said the tourist, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

There have been suspicions of the low number of coronavirus cases in Bali. Image: AP Photo / Firdia Lisnawati
media_cameraThere have been suspicions of the low number of coronavirus cases in Bali. Image: AP Photo / Firdia Lisnawati

“So I went to a police station about 60 meters away and talked to them. At first they were reluctant to help, they thought he was just a drunk tourist.”

The man said the agents called an ambulance after evaluating Mr. Follet.

“I said this could be a coronavirus case. They agreed. They called a coronavirus response team,” said the tourist.

“He was breathing with shorter breaths, he was becoming increasingly pale, his lips were turning blue and then he stopped breathing. He had died before the coronavirus response team arrived. “

The death of the French tourist comes amid concerns about an underestimation of coronavirus cases in Bali, with experts calling his low number of “scientifically odd” cases, The Jakarta Post reported.

Bali has now confirmed four cases, none of the local broadcast. The rest are British and two Balinese citizens who recently returned from Italy and Jakarta.

Originally published as Tourist, he dies of viruses in Bali street


Coronavirus and travel: Gili islands forced into virtual closure amid pandemic

Bali’s famous getaway – the Gili Islands off Lombok – has been forced into virtual closure over fears the killer virus will strike at any time.

Fast boats with direct routes to Bali, Lombok and the three idyllic tropical islands have been told to cease business by the provincial government.

Thousands of Aussies flock to the party island of Gili Trewangan, particularly during Bali’s annual 24-hour closure during the religious “silent” day of Nyepi, which falls next week.

The shutdown of the main transport routes to the islands was triggered by the increases in Covid-10 positive cases in Bali. The islands will be sprayed with disinfectant in an effort to hold off the killer virus.

Bali’s famous getaway - the Gili islands off Lombok - has been forced into virtual closure amid the coronavirus pandemic. Picture: Getty
media_cameraBali’s famous getaway – the Gili islands off Lombok – has been forced into virtual closure amid the coronavirus pandemic. Picture: Getty

According to the Head of West Nusa Tenggara Tourism Office, Mr Lalu Muhammad Fauzal, the province has withdrawn approval for the fast boats to transport tourists to and from Bali in an effort to better monitor the spread of COVID-19.

Aussies holidaying on the popular islands will now have to fly from Lombok to Bali or take the large public ferry, which makes multiple stops to pick up locals – adding hours to the trip their Bali base.

“We closed temporarily the visits to Gili Trawangan, Air and Meno. Because positive cases of coronavirus have been found in Bali. We have closed the main access routes to the three islands, “he said.

Indonesia currently has 134 COVID-19 positive people, and five deaths due to the virus.

Bali, Jakarta, Jogjakarta, North Sulawesi and West Kalimantan have been hardest hit by the virus in Indonesia.


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President Joko Widodo is considering putting the whole of the capital of Jakarta into lock down.

“I need to emphasize; the lockdown policy is a decision for the central government. Local governments cannot take a lockdown policy, ”Mr Widodo said despite the action from Lombok.

“What we must do now is to reduce mobilization from one place to another. Keep your distance and avoid being in crowded places. So, I took the policy of learning from home,

working from home and worshiping at home, “the president said.


Jakarta restricts food sales in retail stores to avoid panic buying

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Sunday that the provincial government had decided to limit food sales in retail stores to avoid panic buying in full alert COVID-19 pandemic.

“The retailers’ association today has imposed limits on food sales to control panic purchases that could also compromise market stability. We have already had an agreement (with the association),” Baswedan said in the Jakarta city hall. .

The sidewalk, he added, will be effective this week, while calling people to visit retail stores / department stores only when needed.

Allhamdulilah (all praise to Allah), Jakarta’s food supplies are guaranteed. According to Bulog (state logistics agency), we have stored at least 320,000 tons of rice in warehouses. It could last for the next two months, “observed Baswedan.

Between the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the past week, the provincial government of Jakarta has suggested to the Indonesian government to restrict incoming and outgoing access to the country’s capital.

“We could not decide this restriction on our own, it must be consulted with the head of the national disaster mitigation agency (BNPB),” he added.



Islamist groups wave the ISIS flag, burn the Indian flag in Jakarta while protesting the Delhi riots

Bangalore: In what makes every Indian’s blood boil, as reported by a famous website, radical Islamists who have ties to ISIS protested outside the Indian embassy in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.

But if you’re wondering what’s wrong with the protest, we must inform you that the protest was held against the Delhi riots that occurred during the visit of US President Donald Trump.

Not only that, the website adds that the Indian national flag was also burned during the protest.

Aside from that, the website also adds that ISIS flags have also been waved. It was also reported that protesters have threatened to launch a massive protest against a businessman who has his roots in India.

The accident happened on March 8th.

The Indian ambassador to Indonesia Pradeep Kumar Rawat condemned the accident. He ruled out the possibility of having any type of conversation or dialogue with the demonstrators after the tricolor was burned.

The Indonesian Foreign Ministry has taken note of the protest and has launched rapid action against the odd 2,000. The Indian embassy was also ordered to do so.
In the meantime, what is irritating is the fact that there are strong doubts that Pakistan may have been involved in orchestrating the protest.

Delhi riots:

Timed to meet President Trump’s visit to India, the mobs went wild and vandalized the properties and killed uninhibited people.

It was not just the normal people who were eventually receiving, the cops were also attacked. A policeman Ratan Lal and an IB officer Ankit Sharma were killed in the fray.

In all, more than 40 people were killed during the riots while more than 100 were injured.

The riots concerned the approval of the law on changing citizenship by the Indian parliament last December, which shelters 32,000 refugees from the Islamic nations of Afghanistan, Pakistan and

Bangladesh, who resided in India until 31 December 2014.

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Radical Islamists wave ISIS flags outside Indian Embassy in Indonesia during protest against Delhi riots

Radical Islamic groups, including sympathizers of the terrorist ISIS yesterday (March 8), protested outside the Indian embassy in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and the Indian consulate in Medan in the nation against the recent municipal violence witnessed in Delhi, Economic times.

A crowd of over 2,000 protesters were gathered outside the embassy which reportedly burned Indian national flags. Many of these protesters also waved ISIS flags outside the embassy. Protesters also threatened to launch protests against an important businessman of Indian origin in the country.

Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Pradeep Kumar Rawat strongly condemned the act of burning the national flag and refused to enter into any kind of dialogue with radical extremists following their action to burn the tricolor flag.

In the meantime, it should also be noted that the Indian embassy has taken note of the swift action taken by the Foreign Ministry of Indonesia against the radicals. In addition, Pakistan is suspected of being involved in protests organized outside the embassy.


Indonesia confirms two other coronavirus cases, four in total

Indonesia confirmed on Friday that two other people tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to four.

The two Indonesians were thirty years old and had been tested after contacting the first two confirmed cases, Health Ministry official Achmad Yurianto told a news briefing.

Indonesia announced its first confirmed cases on Monday, a mother and daughter living in the Depok area near Jakarta.

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Scott Morrison skeptic Indonesia is virus free

While nearly two months have passed since the public announcement of the coronavirus epidemic first detected in Wuhan, China, a country has apparently remained unharmed by the epidemic.

In eight weeks, the virus has now spread to 33 countries in the past nine days. More than 87,000 people worldwide have been infected, with the virus appearing on all continents except Antarctica.

Indonesia, however, including the famous island of Bali, claims to have the resources to deal with a coronavirus outbreak, defending their detection procedures in the Southeast Asian nation of over 260 million, where no reports have been reported. cases.

The world’s fourth most populous nation has tested 141 suspect cases in total, a small figure for its population, raising concern among medical professionals about the lack of alertness and the risk of undetected cases.

Reportedly, neighboring Malaysia performed approximately 1000 tests and Britain over 10,000.

“We cannot doubt our abilities and the facts we collect,” said Muhammad Syahril, director of the Sulianti Saroso hospital in Jakarta, the capital, when asked why Indonesia had no cases detected.

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“If we don’t have cases, we don’t have cases,” he said in an interview with the hospital on Friday. “Why should we cover it?”

Sulianti Saroso is the main Indonesian hospital for the management of suspected virus cases, among the 135 designated for the task.

Their health minister defended the country’s screening process for coronavirus, stating that the absence of confirmed cases in the fourth most populous nation in the world is a “blessing of the Almighty”.

Indonesia’s efforts included screening the temperatures of arrivals at airports and advising those who later feel unwell should contact the health authorities.

The hospital offers 11 isolation rooms for patients with symptoms such as pneumonia, Syahril said, adding that three people were treated while 21 were in isolation before the negative test.

The hospital was ready to face any epidemic, armed with experience gained in the management of diseases such as the 2003-2004 acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic.

An Indonesian health ministry official previously reported to Reuters that some hospitals, particularly in eastern Indonesia, had a lower ability to handle virus cases. Fueling concern about Indonesia’s vulnerability, four infections were confirmed in travelers who had spent time there, including a Japanese citizen living in Malaysia and one returning to New Zealand from Iran via the island of Bali.

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The ministry of health declined to comment, but claimed that its laboratory has been accredited by the WHO.

On Friday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison questioned Indonesian claims that he is coronavirus-free.

Morrison told 3AW radio station that the zero infection rate in Indonesia was probably due to their low test capability.

“It is a very large country with many islands and it would be very difficult to be able to give absolute guarantees on these numbers,” he said.

Indonesian Political Professor of Australian National University Greg Fealy added that he did not think Indonesia was lying about their cases.

“I think it is more likely that there are coronavirus patients who have not been detected,” he said on 3AW.

While neighboring countries like Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore have smaller populations than Indonesia, they each conducted at least 10 times more tests and recorded more than 150 cases among them.

Australia and Thailand reported their first deaths on Sunday, while the Dominican Republic and the Czech Republic recorded their first infections.

Italian authorities have announced that the number of infected people in the country has increased by 40% to 1576 in 24 hours and that five other people have died, bringing the death toll to 34.

The number of infections in Ian, Iraq and South Korea, among other things, has also increased. Cases in the United States rose to at least 72, with the first death recorded in the United States on Saturday – a man in his fifties in Washington state who had underlying health problems but had not traveled to any affected area.

The lack of confirmed cases in Indonesia “could suggest the potential for undetected cases,” researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the United States said in a study this month.

They indicated its direct air links to the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic.

Indonesia has banned visitors who have been to China for 14 days from entering and stopped flights. An estimated 100,000 people have traveled to Bali since the virus outbreak began in late December. And as a main tourist destination for Chinese travelers, fears are growing that the coronavirus may spread to Bali without being discovered. However, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Commerce’s Smart Traveler website has not yet issued any coronavirus travel advice for Indonesia or Bali.


Indonesia summons Indian envoy for sectarian violence in Delhi

Indonesia, the most populous Muslim majority nation in the world, has conveyed to India its concern over this week’s riots in New Delhi that have killed over 40 people.

The Indonesian Foreign Ministry said it called the Indian ambassador to Jakarta Pradeep Kumar Rawat on Friday to discuss the riots.

“The Indonesian government has full confidence that the Indian government will be able to manage the situation and ensure harmonious relationships between its religious communities. In addition, both countries share similar characteristics, such as pluralistic countries that support democratic values ​​and tolerance, “said the ministry in a statement.

Rawat is believed to have told Indonesian officials that everything was now under control. He also told them that many false reports were being spread by vested interests to break the bond of the country’s plurality.

According to reports received from Jakarta, development came hours after the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs, in an unusual move, issued a statement in which sectarian violence in the Indian capital was “inhuman” and “contrary to religious values”.

Indonesian minister of religion Fachrul Razi urged India to protect its minority population and not to harm humanitarian values ​​due to differences in faith. “The unrest was inhuman and contrary to religious values,” he said in a statement.

He also asked religious leaders in both India and Indonesia to exercise moderation and avoid provocations on this issue. “We hope that the situation in India will return to normal as soon as possible,” added Razi. Fearing reprisals for Indian violence in his country, he warned of misunderstandings not to take advantage of it.


From Indonesia to quarantine 188 crew members of the World Dream Island on the island near Jakarta

Jakarta. The Indonesian government has sent a ship to the naval hospital to evacuate 188 Indonesian crew of the World Dream cruise ship to be sent to an uninhabited island near Jakarta for coronavirus observation, health officials said Tuesday.

Achmad Yurianto, secretary general of the Ministry of Health’s Directorate for Disease Control and Environmental Health, said that the crew members have passed medical checks by the Hong Kong authorities, but the government requires them to join the group observation for another 14 days to make sure they are free from the highly contagious virus.

“We also received information from the World Dream medical team that none of the Indonesians have typical Covid-19 symptoms,” Yurianto said in a video conference with reporters gathered at the Ministry of Health complex in Jakarta.

Crew members have passed the 14-day coronavirus incubation period since medical checks in Hong Kong were conducted on February 5-9 and no one showed signs of infection, he said.

The hospital ship Dr. Soeharso left for the Durian Strait off the coast of Riau province where World Dream dropped anchor. The expected arrival time is around 10 am on Wednesday, he said.

After the transfer from the cruise ship, the 188 crew members will be transported to the island of Sebaru, in the Thousand Islands district of Jakarta. They are expected to arrive on the island around 3:00 am on Friday, he said.

While on the hospital ship, everyone will undergo initial checks and doctors will take samples for laboratory tests.

Yurianto said there are around 270 Indonesian crew members on the cruise ship, but only 188 have agreed to join the observation on the island. The others chose to stay on the ship to continue their trip to Seattle, the United States, he said.

Sebaru Island was a rehabilitation facility for drug addicts. The property has clinics, bedrooms, kitchens and air conditioning machines.

Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto said the government plans to quarantine 74 Indonesian crew on the Diamond Princess cruise ship on the island, but negotiations with the Japanese authorities have not been concluded.

The evacuation of Diamond Princess crew members will be a riskier mission because many of its passengers and crew members have been infected with the coronavirus, including four Indonesians who are now being treated in separate hospitals in Japan.

The government initially planned to send the hospital ship to evacuate the Diamond Princess crew members, but the mission was delayed pending authorization from Japan.

Diamond Princess was quarantined off the Japanese city of Yokohama following the outbreak of the coronavirus inside the ship.

“We are still negotiating with Japan on the best means of evacuating the crew members [from Diamond Princess]”Terawan said.

“But for now, let’s focus on the evacuation of World Dream crew members,” said Terawan.