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Tourist hotspot Bali to stay closed to foreigners amid Covid-19 pandemic

Bali has been open to local travelers since the end of July, and as many as 2,500 people have been arriving through its airport every day without causing a spike in infections

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FILE PHOTO: The local government will focus on increasing the number of domestic visitors to help the tourism industry and economy recover | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Harry Suhartono and Arys Aditya | Bloomberg Bali
The Indonesian island of Bali will remain closed to foreign visitors for the rest of 2020 after authorities postponed a plan to welcome back international tourists from Sept. 11 as the coronavirus continues to spread.

“The Indonesian government couldn’t reopen its doors to foreign travelers until the end of 2020 as we remain a red zone,” Bali Governor Wayan Koster said in a statement. “The situation is not conducive to allowing foreign tourists to come to Indonesia, including to Bali.

”After some success in containment early on, Bali’s infection rate jumped in June as migrant workers returned home

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First Published: Aug 25 2020 | 1:38 AM IST

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