COVID-19 local transmission soars in Bali

first_img“We have to be more cautious in the future to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in Bali,” he said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.According to the government’s official count, Bali reported 12 new confirmed cases on Monday — bringing the total number of infections to 594. The number of fatalities stands at five.In response to the increasing number of cases, Koster has banned activities involving large groups of people, including traditional and religious activities. He has also ordered tourist sites to remain closed during the ongoing outbreak.On June 1, Badung Tourism Agency opened access to two beaches in the regency, namely Canggu Beach and Labuan Sait Beach, for foreign surfers. Koster, however, revoked the decision the following day. The Bali provincial administration has reported an increasing number of local COVID-19 transmissions in the resort island recently, particularly in the four regencies of Badung, Denpasar, Klungkung and Tabanan.A low level of awareness among residents about practicing health protocols was among the reasons for the growing number of cases, Bali Governor I Wayan Koster said.He said that out of 25 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Bali on Sunday, 24 were local transmissions with only one identified as an imported case. “We had ordered the closure of tourist attractions through a circular letter and we have not reopened them yet,” he underlined.Despite the official ban, locals and foreign tourists continued to flock to the shore in Canggu last week.Tribunnews.com reported that some tourists were seen surfing and playing in the water at Batu Bolong beach in Canggu on Thursday with many of them not wearing face masks or practicing physical distancing.Local officials said the beach remained closed to the public, however, they admitted that they faced difficulties in overseeing visitors as there were many access roads to the location. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

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Regional integration stalls over governance

first_imgCaribbean 360ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, Monday February 28, 2011 (By Peter Richards) – For the first time in years, none of the Caribbean leaders appearing at the Caribbean Community’s end-of-summit news conference uttered the words, “We had a very good meeting.”The two-day gathering here last weekend was intended to agree on mechanisms to govern the regional integration movement that the leaders have always touted as being one of the oldest in the world. But when they emerged from their closed door-huddle, there was little, or as some commentators have observed, no progress to announce. They did not even name the successor to Sir Edwin Carrington, the Trinidad and Tobago-born veteran regional public servant who retired at the start of the year after 18 years as secretary-general of the 15-member Caribbean Community (Caricom) grouping. His retirement had long been signaled. At the end of Caricom’s summit in Jamaica last July, Carrington – no doubt aware of the private comments about the need for a new head at the top, and in some instances, newspaper editorials urging him to call it a day – made it clear that he never came to the job with the intention of staying forever. There are at least six people vying for the post. Grenadian Prime Minister and Caricom Chair Tillman Thomas says the exercise to replace Carrington is “a work in progress” and the new top public servant would be selected through a transparent process. His Jamaican counterpart, Brice Golding, said they hope to have a new secretary-general in place by the time the leaders gather in St. Kitts in July for their annual summit. “One has to be careful you don’t preempt the outcome of those interviews, we just have to wait for that process to be completed. We would have expected to receive the report of the interview committee and to have deliberated on that by that time [July],” he added. But as they wing their way to their respective Caribbean countries, regional leaders have done little to alter the growing public perception that Caricom is failing in its mission. Acting Caricom Secretary-General Lolita Applewhaite admitted that the integration movement has “fallen short in a number of areas” and that it was important for the leaders to make a “determination of our priorities which would give a clear indication of the focus and direction that the integration movement must take”. Prime Minister Thomas concedes that many Caribbean people are somewhat fed up with the state of “implementation impotence” – particularly as it relates to the march towards the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) that allows for the free movement of goods, services, skills and labour across the region. When they emerged from the two-day huddle, the new Barbados Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart, who replaced his late predecessor David Thompson as the regional leader with the responsibility for the CSME within Caricom, said that foreign ministers have now been asked to come up with a “realistic date” for the implementation of the single market component of the CSME. Stuart said the leaders had acknowledged that the original deadline of 2015 could not be achieved in the context of the challenges being experienced globally and also by individual member states. But he insisted that there has been “a reaffirmation of faith” by the region to the initiative. At the end of their summit in Jamaica last July, the regional leaders said that the Caricom sub-committee on governance would examine the proposals that have been put on the table with regards to a new governance structure. But Golding acknowledged that the long mooted idea of an executive-level commission that would have the power to take decisions within the Community has been rejected by the heads. When he addressed the opening ceremony of the inter- sessional summit here over the weekend, Golding said it is no “easy task to coordinate the engagement of 14 sovereign states and 14 sometimes contentious heads of government”. Various mechanisms have been proposed but “none has found unanimous acceptance”, he said. “We face the real danger that if the people of the Caribbean do not see in Caricom the fulfillment of their hopes and aspirations, the solution of some of their most persistent problems, they will look beyond Caricom for their salvation,” he cautioned. This is the message that the leaders will have ringing in their ears when they gather in Guyana, at the request of the outgoing head of state, Bharrat Jagdeo, for a two-day retreat where the sole agenda item will be the direction of the regional integration movement. (IPS) Share Share 127 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Regional integration stalls over governance by: – February 28, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

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