Those who are unvaccinated make up the majority of COVID-19 deaths in Bali, the province’s Health Agency said, as efforts continue to curb coronavirus transmissions on the island.
In a statement, Health Agency Chief Ketut Suarjaya said that around 26 percent of COVID cases in Bali were caused by the Delta variant of the coronavirus, pointing out its faster spread compared to earlier variants.
Suarjaya also said that 90 percent of deaths related to the coronavirus in Bali consisted of patients who were not vaccinated. More than 1.6 million people are fully vaccinated on the island, out of its 4.32 million total population.
Officials say they are now focusing on centralized isolation centers for COVID-19 cases, while also speeding up the vaccination rate.
Deputy Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati, or Cok Ace, said during a meeting yesterday that centralized isolation centers would be key to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Bali. This is because plenty of asymptomatic patients have been self-isolating, and are at risk of spreading the virus to their family members, given how most households in Bali comprise many family members.
As of yesterday, there were about 8,500 active COVID-19 cases in Bali, where death counts in the last few weeks have been significantly higher compared to previous periods during the pandemic. More than half of Bali’s total COVID-19 death toll of 3,270 people were recorded after July 1.
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