BALI – Bali authorities have expanded a lockdown to cover an entire village in the central region, sealing off more than 2,000 residents after rapid tests indicated that hundreds were likely to be infected by the coronavirus.
The Abuan village in Bangli regency, located about 40km north of Denpasar, has been isolated and villagers are required to stay at home. The military has set up a communal kitchen to provide villagers three meals a day.
Bali authorities had initially put only one of the village’s three hamlets, Serokadan, on lockdown on Thursday (30 April).
Bali has recorded 235 coronavirus cases and four deaths as of Saturday, a fraction of the country’s 11,192 cases, according to Indonesian health authorities on Sunday.
Authorities had discovered eight of the village’s residents had contracted the virus after coming into contact with a migrant worker who had returned from abroad.
Since early-March, over 10,000 migrant workers have returned to Bali.