Exit in Bali: Tourists use diving equipment like PPE, armed guards wander streets and beaches are deserted
Once an idyllic holiday destination, much of Bali now resembles an abandoned ghost town after the country imposed a lockdown to prevent the spread of coronaviurs.
Amazing photos of the Indonesian island show deserted streets, bars, restaurants and beaches where hundreds of tourists would normally visit.
Some visitors also take an extreme approach to personal protective equipment because the island is critically low on surgical gloves and masks.
An enterprising young man arrived at the Immigration Service for a visa extension dressed in scuba gear to protect himself from the deadly virus.
A confused bystander posted a photo of the diver on social media, captioned, “Just when you think you’ve seen it all. Shot of immigration in Bali today. ‘
A man was captured with diving equipment as personal protective equipment at the immigration office while applying for a visa extension
To curb the spread of the virus, Bali’s governor said that armed guards from nearby villages will patrol the streets and that the only reason someone is out is to get supplies or get medical attention
The streets of the southern island of Bali, Kuta is a famous beach and resort area, but is now completely deserted
Beaches in Bali, which were once tourist hotspots, are largely deserted and all that remains are empty chairs dotted around the coast (Photo: Kuta Beach in Bali)
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 3,573
New South Wales: 1,617
South Australia: 257
Western Australia: 255
Australian Capital Territory: 62
Northern Territory: 14
TOTAL CASES: 3,573
Bali has reported nine cases of coronavirus and two deaths, while Indonesia has reported 9,000 with 79 deaths.
To curb the spread of the virus, Bali’s governor said armed guards from nearby villages will patrol the streets.
The island has also imposed a strict closure. Residents can only leave their homes to get food or seek medical attention.
Nearly 3,000 tourists entered the Indonesian immigration office in Bali to apply for an emergency visa extension due to border closings and commercial aircraft being grounded.
Only 20 Australians have applied for a visa extension to replace the fine of $ 100 per day for those who stay too long.
The Brisbane man, Nick Boynton said The Herald Sun. about 1,000 people were waiting during his visit to the immigration service.
“We were in line around 7:30 AM and about half an hour later, the employees told us to go to a table outside to pick up and fill out some forms. About 300 people were waiting by that time, ”said Mr. Boynton.
“Of course there was a stampede on that table. What do immigration people think is happening? Do they all want us to catch the virus and for the number of people to arrive by the minute? By the time I left, there were about 1,000 people in a small area.
“This is no way to deal with the situation at all.”
In the wake of major crowds at the immigration office, Indonesia has instituted an automatic visa extension.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has rejected calls to close the country’s capital, Jakarta, which is home to 10 million people (photo: Bali empty airport)
The inside of the Bali airport is completely empty, because tourists are told that they can only leave Indonesia after the restrictions have been lifted
Many resorts, restaurants and bars are closed, and tourists are told to stay indoors to prevent the spread of the corona virus
Bali has reported nine cases of coronavirus and two deaths (photo: empty streets in Bali)
Two hospitals have stated they are woefully inadequate for a coronavirus outbreak that killed over 27,000 people worldwide.
They have requested donations of disinfectant spray, face masks, medical gloves, surgical masks and gowns.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has rejected calls to shut down the country’s capital, Jakarta, which is home to 10 million people.
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a statement on the impact in Indonesia.
“Our friend and neighbor Indonesia, 275 million inhabitants, is now on the eve of a full-blown coronavirus disaster,” Rudd tweeted.
“This has serious implications for national security for both Jakarta and Canberra. This requires solidarity and profound diplomacy. ‘
Nearly 3,000 tourists entered Indonesian immigration office in Bali to apply for an emergency visa extension due to border closures
Immigration officials in Bali checked the temperature of foreign tourists before they could stay in the country
Two hospitals have stated that they are woefully under-prepared for an outbreak of coronavirus prevalent throughout Indonesia