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Maskless anti-Rapid Test & anti-Swab Test demonstrators protest in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

File under: Coronavirus & Covid-19 / Indonesia / Bali

Dateline: July 27, 2020
Dozens of maskless demonstrators protest against government policies regarding rapid tests and swab tests for Covid-19 in Denpasar, Bali, on July 26, 2020.

Dozens of maskless demonstrators protest against government policies regarding rapid tests and swab tests for Covid-19 in Denpasar, Bali on July 26 2020.
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Dozens gathered yesterday in Bali's capital Denpasar to protest against Covid-19 rapid-tests and swab-tests – claiming that the checks have only been introduced to fuel a government 'Coronavirus industry'.

Among the maskless demonstrators was prominent Balinese punk-rocker I Gede Ari Astina of the band Superman Is Dead. Astina has been highly active in propagating Coronavirus conspiracies on social media.

Denpasar is Bali's worst-affected Coronavirus zone with 1,253 cases and 14 deaths.

Source: [Coconuts Bali]


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Coronavirus updates for Indonesia and Bali (July 23, 2020)

File under: Coronavirus & Covid-19 / Indonesia / Bali

Dateline: July 23, 2020

In 60 days, the number of Coronavirus cases reported across Indonesia has risen from 33,076 to 93,567 – a hike of 182 percent. The number of registered deaths has surged from 1,923 to 4,576 – or 138 percent.

On Bali, cases have accelerated from 608 to 2,934 during the same period – a 382 percent increase – and the number of deaths on the island from Covid-19 now stands at 46 as opposed to just 5 on June 10. That's a surge of 820 percent.

This is like a slow-moving tsunami.

Source: [Jakarta Post]


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Indonesia breaks record daily Covid-19 death-toll and surpasses China in cases

File under: Coronavirus & Covid-19 / Indonesia

Dateline: July 22, 2020
Aerial view of the Covid-19 cemetery in Pondok Rangon, East Jakarta, Java, Indonesia

Aerial view of the Covid-19 cemetery in Pondok Rangon, East Jakarta, Java, Indonesia on July 19, 2020.
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Graphic chart illustrating Indonesia's Coronavirus cases surpassing those of Mainland China on July 18, 2020.

Graphic chart illustrating Indonesia's Novel Coronavirus cases surpassing those of Mainland China on July 18, 2020.
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Indonesia has hit a record daily death toll of 127 to conclude the deadliest week in the country's outbreak to date. Indonesia has now surpassed mainland China in its total number of Covid-19 cases, after recording 1,752 new daily infections on July 18.

Indonesia's latest tally is 84,882 cases, while China reported just 22 new daily cases to bring its total to 83,644.

It's unclear whether Indonesia's most recent death count includes both deaths of probable and confirmed cases.

Epidemiologist Riris Andono Ahmad from Gadjah Mada University claimed on July 21 that Indonesia could see a shortened doubling-period for Covid-19 cases, possibly causing the country to become one of the worst affected in the world if there is no intervention.

Source: [Jakarta Globe | Jakarta Post | Jakarta Post]


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Six specific symptom clusters for Covid-19

File under: Coronavirus & Covid-19 / Research / Symptoms

Dateline: July 21, 2020

British scientists analyzing data from a widely-used Covid-19 symptom-tracking app have discovered that there are six distinct presentations of the disease, each distinguishable by a cluster of varying signs and symptoms.

The findings, from a team at King's College, London, could help doctors predict which Covid-19 patients are most at risk and most likely to need hospital care.

It may help you to be aware of these symptoms.

The six main Covid-19 symptom clusters are:

1. 'Flu-like' with no fever: Headache, loss of smell, muscle pains, cough, sore throat, chest pain and no fever.
2. 'Flu-like' with fever: Headache, loss of smell, cough, sore throat, hoarseness, fever and loss of appetite.
3. Gastrointestinal: Headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, sore throat, chest pain with no cough.
4. Severe Level One ~ Fatigue: Headache, loss of smell, cough, fever, hoarseness, chest pain and fatigue.
5. Severe Level Two ~ Confusion: Headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, cough, fever, hoarseness, sore throat, chest pain, fatigue, confusion and muscle pain.
6. Severe Level Three ~ Abdominal and Respiratory: Headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, cough, fever, hoarseness, sore throat, chest pain, fatigue, confusion, muscle pain, shortness of breath, diarrhoea and abdominal pain.

Patients displaying Levels 4,5 and 6 symptom types are more likely to be admitted to hospital, and more likely to need respiratory support.

[Source: Jakarta Post]


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Extreme courage

File under: Coronavirus & Covid-19 / Indonesia / Education / Coping

Dateline: July 21, 2020
An Indonesian school principal and teacher cross a river to reach remote students' houses in Batang regency, Central Java, Indonesia.

An Indonesian school principal and teacher cross a river to reach remote students' houses in Batang regency, Central Java, Indonesia.
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Thought for the day

File under: Coronavirus & Covid-19 / Coping

Dateline: July 19, 2020

"Lots of people are feeling unproductive. But if you successfully infect zero people today with the virus, then you have already had an extremely productive day."

From James Hamblin, M.D. over at Twitter.


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Marked for life ~ Face-masks and the Coronavirus in Ubud

File under: Coronavirus & Covid-19 / Indonesia / Bali / Ubud / Masks

Dateline: July 18, 2020

It used to be that, in Ubud, you could spot a person who cared less about your life from a hundred meters away. The old adage went something like this: 'If you're on a motorbike and see another rider near you without a helmet, stay very, very far away from them. Because a person who has no regard for their own head has absolutely no regard for yours'.

The same applies to anyone near you now who insists on not wearing a face-mask. Stay very far away, because they are a major vector of Covid-19 on the island, and you can be sure that they don't care whether you live or die.

Stupidity and selfishness in Ubud – chiefly among the younger, white group right now – has been taken to another level. Consider these people as driving an SUV with roll-bars while heavily drunk and wearing Indy-500-type safety gear. They may be young enough to weather a bout of the Coronavirus. You, or your neighbour's mum, might not.

The useful thing about this pandemic is that it visually marks out the unconditionally selfish; the malignant narcissists; the sociopaths; and the psychopaths among us.

Never has it been easier to identify people who only mean you harm.


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Coronavirus update for Indonesia ~ Cases and Deaths

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Dateline: July 10, 2020

According to government figures, there have been 70,736 Coronavirus cases across the archipelago to date – with 3,417 deaths. A month ago, on June 10th, Indonesia recorded 33,076 Covid-19 cases and 1,293 deaths from the disease.

Put more simply, the number of Coronavirus cases in Indonesia has risen by 114 percent in 30 days, and the number of deaths has jumped by 164 percent.

Indonesia is currently following the Covid-19 case/death trajectories of India and Brazil – heavily-populated countries with limited or poor healthcare facilities, high rates of poverty and extremely low Coronavirus testing rates per capita.

Daily new confirmed cases of Covid-19 comparing Indonesia, The USA, Brazil, India, the United Kingdom and Ital

Daily new confirmed cases of Covid-19 comparing Indonesia, The USA, Brazil, India, the United Kingdom and Italy.
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Daily new confirmed deaths from Covid-19 comparing Indonesia, The USA, Brazil, India, the United Kingdom and Ital

Daily new confirmed deaths from Covid-19 comparing Indonesia, The USA, Brazil, India, the United Kingdom and Italy.
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[Source: Jakarta Post | OurWorldInData.org]


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Coronavirus update for Bali, Indonesia ~ Cases and Deaths

File under: Coronavirus & Covid-19 / Indonesia / Bali

Dateline: July 4, 2020

From just under a month ago, official Coronavirus cases on Bali have risen from 608 on June 10 to 1,797 today – or a surge of 195 percent in 24 days.

The number of deaths from Covid-19 on Bali during the same period has risen from 5 to 18, or a 260 percent increase.

We're going the wrong way.

Bear in mind that these are government figures, and may not count unreported cases, or Covid-19 deaths that have possibly been confused with an abnormally high number of recent dengue fever fatalities on the island.


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Going full-Covid in the name of heart-centred love and light

File under: Coronavirus & Covid-19 / Bali / Ubud / New Age Tourism

Dateline: June 25, 2020

Self-styled Syrian Guru-stroke-Hypnotherapist comes to Bali to set up a Conscious Community & Holistic School Resort – The House of Om – and bills it as 'a labor of love that brings together like-minded, heart-centered individuals who share the same vision of creating a new way of living in harmony with others'.

With you so far.

Mid-pandemic, said guru promotes an Ecstatic Kirtan event at his 'beautiful Sky Shala' for a 'bhakti celebration of community' – and encourages his acolytes to 'invite as many friends and family as you want! Our intention is to gather more than 100 Bhakti & Kirtan lovers in order to co-create an amazing celebration together!'

Sixty-plus camp followers turn up – maskless, and mostly in their twenties and thirties – and pack the Sky Shala like canned herring as they chant and sing and om and spit onto each other's backs.

Attendees at The House of Om during an Ecstatic Kirtan and Bhakti session near Gianyar city in Bali, Indonesia on June 18, 2020

Attendees at The House of Om during an 'Ecstatic Kirtan and Bhakti' session near Ubud, Bali, Indonesia on June 18, 2020.
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Social media is a double-edged dagger with a karmic twist. Post-event pictures posted to Facebook and Instagram quickly make their way onto the Twitter desk of Bali's Immigration Department.

Attendees at The House of Om during an Ecstatic Kirtan and Bhakti session near Gianyar city in Bali, Indonesia on June 18, 2020

Attendees at The House of Om sing and chant during an 'Ecstatic Kirtan and Bhakti' session near Ubud, Bali, Indonesia on June 18, 2020.
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Wissam Barakeh, founder of Om and super-spreader of Light and Love, is arrested by immigration officials for violating Covid-19 health protocols; Barakeh doubles-down on his sword, lies about the photographs taken at the event, accuses 'envy people' with 'low vibrations' of trying to shut his business down – and is promptly carted off.

Barakeh is currently being held behind bars at Immigration's leisure as his deportation is 'postponed until a flight to Syria becomes available'.

Oh.

That may be some time, considering most air-bridges out of Bali are shut.

Plenty of time to learn how to live in harmony with his fellow inmates, not think about tantric sex for a while, shed the ego, and hone his communal bathroom skills.

Wissam Barakeh during a press conference at the Department of Immigration in Bali, Indonesia on June 25, 2020.

Wissam Barakeh at a press conference at the Department of Immigration in Bali, Indonesia on June 25, 2020.

Hot tip while you're in hot water with officials on Bali: don't turn your back on the proceedings, because your paperwork might just take fright and disappear for another month.
© Department of Immigration, Bali.

Wissam Barakeh in jail at the Department of Immigration in Bali, Indonesia on June 25, 2020.

Wissam Barakeh, of The House of Om, in jail at the Department of Immigration in Bali, Indonesia on June 25, 2020.
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Breathwork, Ubud-style ~ Kill your neighbour, kill me

File under: Coronavirus & Covid-19 / Indonesia / Ubud / Tourism

Dateline: June 22, 2020

Just for fun, I sit outside a busy Circle K on Ubud's main street for an hour, and I count how many people are wearing masks. After all, we're at the kick-start of an airborne pandemic on Bali that's only getting worse, and I'm wondering how Ubud's New Abnormal is cracking along.

Numbers can be boring.

775 people pass on 'bikes and on foot. Out of these, 611 are local – and 568 are wearing masks. That's 93 percent who are toeing the line on their own island.

Out of the white contingent, 94 out of 164 are not wearing masks. Which translates as 57 percent of white people in Ubud, in a random hour, who couldn't give a cuss whose island they're borrowing – or who they interact with while they shop, or whose parents or grandparents they kill on their once-in-a-lifetime Corona lockdown holiday.

Out with the old and brown, and in with the new – more often than not young, Russian – wave of white sea-foam.

As the Coronavirus catches light across Indonesia, wearing a mask in public isn't optional, or a personal lifestyle choice or a political branding in this country – it's law.

It's official: you're not special because of your skin colour, and your breath is potentially weaponised.

Brown lives matter, too.


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Play this near anyone not wearing a face-mask in an Ubud shop

File under: Coronavirus & Covid-19 / Bali / Ubud / Face-masks

Dateline: Evergreen

Next time you're minding your own business in an Ubud shop and another foreign mask-refusenik comes your way, just play this video – as loudly as possible, and from about five meters away. ⇊

Let Teri do the heavy lifting for you. It saves on the blood pressure. Go, girl!
© Teri Valentina / Twitter.

Have a nice day!


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Indonesia records most Coronavirus cases and deaths in South-East Asia

File under: Coronavirus & Covid-19 / Indonesia

Dateline: June 18, 2020

Indonesia is now the nation worst hit by Covid-19 in South-East Asia, surpassing Singapore's 41,216 cases to take the number one slot with 41,431 cases and 2,276 dead.

While the two countries appear to be neck-and-neck in the region's race, there's a glaring discrepancy.

Singapore has been aggressive and transparent in its testing, contact-tracing, preventative measures and hospitalisation from the get-go – with just 26 deaths since the beginning of the outbreak.

Which means that Indonesia's official mortality rate – at 2,276 and rising – is roughly 8,600 percent higher than its city-state neighbour, despite a similar number of cases.

Something isn't right here, at all.

Indonesia has tested 1.2 per 1,000 people out of a population of 267 million – one of the lowest testing rates in the world – and the country currently ranks 30th in the number of Coronavirus cases worldwide.

Indonesia has also just been scored as 'moderately unsafe' in the latest Covid-19 Regional Safety Assessment report, hitting near the bottom in terms of government efficiency, quarantine efficiency and emergency preparedness.

In the same study, Indonesia ranks 18 out of 36 countries in the Asia-Pacific region – lower than Bangladesh, Myanmar, India and Mongolia.

[Source: Jakarta Globe | Jakarta Post | OurWorldInData.org | Jakarta Globe]


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Indonesia's 'New Normal' ~ First milestone of 1000 daily Coronavirus cases hit

File under: Coronavirus & Covid-19 / Indonesia / Bali

Dateline: June 10, 2020

According to government figures, Indonesia hit a personal daily best in the Covid-19 stakes today with a record 1,043 new cases registered across the archipelago, and 40 deaths.

Outside of the capital Jakarta, emerging new hotspots include South Sulawesi, South Kalimantan, South Sumatra – and East Java, where infections have risen by a staggering 334 percent since May 10.

The official current national tally stands at 33,076 cases with 1,923 dead.

To put these numbers into perspective, let's do a little digging.

In March 2020, there were 4,400 burials in Jakarta compared with 3,100 during the same period in 2019 – a rise of 1,300 unexplained deaths in the megacity, and a jump of nearly 42 percent above the monthly average.

Back on Bali, 5 people have now officially died from Covid-19 – up just 4 since the resort-island with a population of 4,2 million recorded its first death three months ago on March 11. Total number of infections: 608.

Indonesia has one of the lowest Coronavirus testing rates in the world.

Do your own maths. Nothing is what it seems on the Island of Dreams.

[Source: Jakarta Globe | Jakarta Post]

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Getting Around

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Food Talk

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The Heads of Trunyan

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