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Bali Still Testing Negative for Coronavirus

Bali Provincial Health Officials Discover No Coronavirus Cases Linked to Infected Chinese Traveler Who Visited Bali in Late January

Kompas.com and Beritabali.com report that the head of the Bali Provincial Health Service, I Ketut Suarjaya, has issued a statement detailing his department's investigation tracing the movements and activities of a Chinese tourist who tested positive for coronavirus following a visit to Bali. 

Suarjaya told the press that the subject Chinese tourist, identified only by the name of "Jin," visited the Island of Bali on January 22-28, 2020. 

The Bali Health Department's investigation used data provided by the Immigration office at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport. Suarjaya told the press on February 14, "The person concerned arrived in Bali via Ngurah Rai Airport on January 22, 2020."

"Jin" then checked into "a certain" hotel in Bali until January 28, 2020. 

Health officials have worked to reconstruct the Chinese tourist's movements while in Bali. Based on the assumed incubation period and the man's physical movements, Health officials have endeavored to reconstruct his movements in Bali and discover any areas of close human contact where he might have contaminated others. 

Health authorities have found no cases of contagion in Bali that might suggest "Jin" acted as a carrier of the coronavirus during his Bali visit. Moreover, "Jin" was confirmed to have been infected a full eight days after he left Bali on February 5, 2020. 

"It could be that the contagion happened in Shanghai or other parts of China," said Suarjaya. The Bali Health official underlined that nationally Indonesia has yet to report a definite case of coronavirus, explaining that of the 70 clinical tests for the disease conducted in Indonesia, 14 of which were in Bali, none revealed a positive result for the virus.

Meanwhile, those safeguarding the border crossing at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport continue to screen and scrutinize all incoming international passengers for any sign of coronavirus infection. 

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