Guidance of Comfort COVID-19 Self Isolation at Home

Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, stay at home and self-isolate immediately. If you have a positive test result but do not have symptoms, stay at home and self-isolate as soon as you receive the results. Your household needs to isolate too. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, arrange to have a PCR test online or by phone by calling the nearest health provider  if you have not already had one. Stay at home while you are waiting for a home test kit, a test site appointment or a test result. You can leave your home in a few specific circumstances, but do not go to work, school, or public areas and do not use public transport or taxis. See circumstances in which you can leave home.

If you need to leave your home to get to a test site, stay at least 2 metres apart from other people who you do not live with, and return immediately afterwards. If you are trace of a positive test result you must complete your full isolation period. Your isolation period starts immediately from when your symptoms started, or, if you do not have any symptoms, from when your test was taken. Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days. This means that if, for example, your symptoms started at any time on the 15th of the month (or if you did not have symptoms but your first positive COVID-19 test was taken on the 15th), your isolation period ends at 23:59 hrs on the 25th.

The 3 main symptoms of COVID-19 are used to identify when someone should seek a test and when they should self-isolate from. You may have experienced other symptoms before developing any of the 3 main symptoms (a cough, high temperature or loss of smell or taste), and the timing of these other symptoms will be used to identify your contacts. You will be asked about your recent contacts so that they can be given public health advice. They will not be told your identity. It is very important that you provide this information, as it will play a vital role in helping to protect your family, friends and the wider community.

You can return to your normal routine and stop self-isolating after 10 full days if your symptoms have gone, or if the only symptoms you have are a cough or anosmia, which can last for several weeks. If you still have a high temperature after 10 days or are otherwise unwell, stay at home and seek medical advice. If you are isolating because of a positive test result but did not have any symptoms, and you develop COVID-19 symptoms within your isolation period, start a new 10-day isolation period by counting 10 full days from the day following your symptom onset.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms at any point after ending your first period of isolation you and your household should follow the steps in this guidance again. Most people with COVID-19 will experience a mild illness. Seek prompt medical attention if your illness or the illness of someone in your household is worsening. Stay as far away from other members of your household as possible, especially if they are clinically extremely vulnerable. Wherever possible, avoid using shared spaces such as kitchens and other living areas while others are present and take your meals back to your room to eat. Wear a face covering or a surgical mask when spending time in shared areas inside your home.

Take exercise within your home, garden or private outdoor space. Follow the general advice to reduce the spread of the infection within your household. People who live on a traveller site, in a vehicle or on a canal boat may have added difficulties in accessing water and sanitation. You should aim to do all that you can to reduce the spread of COVID-19 with the space available to you and your household. Further support and practical advice are provided below.

If you wonder how, you will get the right treatment during your self-isolation at home, Hydro Medical Bali have package to offer for you. We will visit you during the time you were being isolated at home with our professional health care provider. We also provide you with the communication directly to our professional doctor and nurse for the case of your consultation. In the package, we also include the PCR test and lab test for you in case you need it and the result is within the day. You can take a look of the package on the picture below. You don’t have to go anywhere, Hydro Medical Bali team will directly come to your place to do everything you need (in case of health) during the home-isolation period.

Home Isolation for Covid-19

During home isolation process we are suggesting you to Spend as little time as possible in shared spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas. Avoid using shared spaces such as kitchens and other living areas while others are present and take your meals back to your room to eat. Observe strict social distancing. Ask the people you live with to help by bringing your meals to your door, helping with cleaning and by giving you space. Use a separate bathroom from the rest of the household where possible. If a separate bathroom is not available, try and use the facilities last, before cleaning the bathroom using your usual cleaning products. The bathroom should be cleaned regularly. You should use separate towels from other household members, both for drying yourself after bathing or showering and for drying your hands. Keep your room well-ventilated by opening a window to the outside.

Use a face covering or a surgical mask when spending time in shared areas inside your home to minimise the risk of spread to others. Used correctly, they may help to protect others by reducing the transmission of COVID-19 but they do not replace the need to limit your contact with other household members. Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable should be supported to minimise their contact with other people in the household during this period, regardless of whether others have symptoms or not

Things that you can do to help make staying at home easier:

  • keep in touch with friends and family over the phone or through social media
  • remember that physical exercise can be good for your wellbeing. Look for online classes or courses that can help you take light exercise in your home
  • plan ahead and think about what you will need to be able to stay at home for the full duration
  • ask your employer, friends and family for help to access the things you will need while staying at home
  • think about and plan how you can get food and other supplies, such as medication, that you will need during this period
  • check if your neighbourhood or local community has a volunteer system that could help bring you supplies or provide other support
  • ask friends or family to drop off anything you need or order supplies online or by phone, making sure these are left outside your home for you to collect
  • think about things you can do during your time at home such as cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
  • many people find it helpful to plan out the full 10 days. You may also find it helpful to plan in advance what you will do if, for example, someone in your household were to feel much worse

We will always hope you in the safe and sound condition, lets hope that this pandemic will end soon and we can meet each other again without being afraid with the virus. Stay with the health protocols and stay safe!.

Bali Emergency PPKM – What You Have to Know About It

Bali provincial government is moving faster than other Indonesian regions in implementing the new set of tightened measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, with an official saying that the new regulations are already in force.

As we all know, the Indonesian governement announced a set of new restrictions earlier this month⁠— the strictest ones the country has seen during the pandemic ⁠— named the Emergency Enforcement of Restrictions on Public Activities (Emergency PPKM or PPKM Darurat in Indonesian), which applies to the islands of Java and Bali and were set to come into effect from July 3 to July 20.

In a press conference held shortly after Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan laid out the details of the measures yesterday, Bali officials said that Emergency PPKM will be implemented in the province right away.

“We will implement it today, we won’t wait until July 3 anymore. We start today,” I Dewa Nyoman Rai Dharmadi, an official from the COVID-19 task force in Bali, said.

All regions in Bali, with the exception of Tabanan and Karangasem, are classified as “Level 3.” All cities and regencies categorized as Level 4 and Level 3 are mandated to enforce Emergency PPKM, restrictions of which include closure of malls and public facilities, allowing only takeaway and delivery for restaurants, and a full Work From Home (WFH) policy for all workers in non-essential sectors, among other restrictions.

Now, there’s a possibility that Bali may implement the restrictions a little differently as it has done several times before during the pandemic. However, as of this morning, no official document from the provincial government has been released.

In case you missed it before, the Emergency PPKM starts on 3 July 2021, which will last until 20 July 2021, with a target of decreasing the addition of daily confirmed cases to less than 10,000 cases per day.

This policy was announced by President Joko Widodo through the Presidential Secretariat’s YouTube live broadcast, Thursday (1/7/2021).

“I have decided to implement Emergency PPKM from July 3 to July 20, 2021, specifically in Java and Bali,” the President said.

The policy was taken as a way to break the chain of the spread of the corona virus, which has continued to increase in recent times.

Following are the rules for tightening community activities in Emergency PPKM:

  1. The non-essential sector applies 100 percent work from home (WFH).
  2. All teaching and learning activities are carried out online or online.
  3. For essential sectors, a maximum of 50 percent of work from office (WFO) staff is applied with a health protocol, and for critical sectors a maximum of 100 percent of work from office (WFO) staff is allowed with a health protocol.
  4. The coverage of essential sectors includes finance and banking, capital markets, payment systems, information and communication technology, non-quarantine handling hotels, and export-oriented industries.
  5. Meanwhile, the coverage of critical sectors is energy, health, security, logistics and transportation, food, beverage and supporting industries, petrochemicals, cement, national vital objects, disaster management, national strategic projects, construction, basic utilities (electricity and water), and industry to fulfill the basic needs of the people.
  6. For supermarkets, traditional markets, grocery stores, and supermarkets that sell daily necessities, operating hours are limited to 20:00 local time, with a capacity of 50 percent of visitors. Pharmacies and drug stores can be open full 24 hours.
  7. Activities at shopping centers/malls/trade centers are closed.
  8. The implementation of eating/drinking activities in public places (food stalls, restaurants, cafes, street vendors, hawker stalls) both in separate locations and those located in shopping centers/malls only accept delivery or take away and do not accept food on the spot (dine-in).
  9. The implementation of construction activities (construction sites and project sites) operates 100 percent by implementing stricter health protocols.
  10. Places of worship such as mosques, prayer rooms, churches, temples, monasteries, and temples, as well as other public places that function as places of worship are temporarily closed.
  11. Public facilities (public areas, public parks, public tourist attractions, and other public areas) are temporarily closed.
  12. Cultural arts, sports, and social activities (locations of arts, culture, sports facilities, and social activities that can cause crowds and crowds) are temporarily closed.
  13. Public transportation (public transportation, mass transportation, taxis (conventional and online) and rental vehicles (rental) is enforced with a maximum capacity setting of 70 percent by implementing stricter health protocols.
  14. The wedding reception is attended by a maximum of 30 people by implementing stricter health protocols and eating is not allowed at the reception. Food can still be provided in sealed containers to take home.
  15. Travelers who use long-distance transportation modes (airplanes, buses, and trains) must show a vaccine card (at least dose I vaccine) and H-2 PCR for planes and antigen (H-1) for other long-distance transportation modes.
  16. Masks are still worn when carrying out activities outside the home. It is not permitted to use a face shield without the use of a mask.
  17. The implementation of the Micro PPKM in the red zone RT/RW remains in effect.

So, there you have it, the complete guide to this Emergency PPKM currently imposed in this beautiful island we all love. Despite everything we have suffered all this time, please help the world get better by doing everything in our power to make sure this program runs smoothly, and, more importantly, succesfully. Until then, we wish you all health and safety.

 

 

Bali Covid-19 testing, Only PCR Test Results Accepted for Air Travelers

Despite the Covid-19 vaccination getting more and more popular among the majority of the people, the Indonesian government has once again launched the Emergency Implementation of Public Activity Restriction (or PPKM Darurat in Bahasa Indonesia,) beginning July 3rd, 2021.

What was planned to be carried out for only three weeks has now been prolonged for yet another three weeks, making it six weeks altogether in total.

This unpopular, yet crucial, step, is taken as the government’s attempt to push down the case numbers. As we all know, the Covid-19 case numbers has been sky-rocketing these past couple of months, as a new, more powerful and resilient strain of the virus, slowly making its way through the nation’s high-populated areas to the more rural ones.

Other than restricting peoples’s activity on the island, the Emergency Implementation of Public Activity Restriction also implements new air travel regulations. As cited on the government of Indonesia’s Foreign Affairs’ website, below are some of the new regulations regarding air travels.

Effective July 6, 2021, the Indonesian Government required all exempted international travelers to have a full vaccination record (Two-Dose of Pfizer or Moderna or Sinovac, AstraZeneca dan Sinopharm and Single-Dose of Johnson & Johnson) upon check-in and arrival in Indonesia until further notice.

Also, all travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test obtained within 72 hours of their departure and a filled-out electronic Indonesia Health Alert Certificate (e-HAC) and present them upon check-in and entry at the airport/quarantine authorities. Please be advised to complete the online e-HAC form in your personal computer or laptop for your ease. It is not advisable to fill-in the online form in your cellular phone or tablet due to frequent technical glitch.

While GeNose tests were being populary used in so many public transportation modes before, including some airlines, this time, the only test result accepted would be a PCR test.

Effective July 6, 2021, the Indonesian Government designated the following for the international travelers entry points in Indonesia: North Sumatra (Kualanamu International Airport), Jakarta (Soekarno Hatta International Airport), East Java (Juanda International Airport), North Sulawesi (Samratulangi International Airport) and West Nusa Tenggara (Zainuddin Abdul Madjid Lombok International Airport).

Vaccination Information

Effective on July 6, 2021, all international travelers who are able to enter Indonesia during these COVID-19 restrictions are required to have a full-dose of COVID-19 vaccination record (in physical/digital form) prior to departure to Indonesia which is presented upon check-in and arrival in Indonesia.

This requirement is exempted for foreign nationals who are holders of diplomatic and service visa and are part of a foreign official/state visit on ministerial level and higher rank and foreign nationals entering Indonesia under the Travel Corridor Arrangement (TCA) scheme (Indonesia with the nationals of UAE, South Korea, PRC, Qatar and Singapore), by upholding principles of reciprocity and implementing strict health protocols.

Foreign nationals who are already in Indonesia prior to the implementation of the new Order of July 6, 2021, and wish to travel domestically, are required to be vaccinated (first shot) through the Indonesian government-initiated vaccination program (Sinopharm vaccination) in accordance with the laws and regulations that will be announced accordingly.​

Quarantine Information

Effective July 6, 2021, all international travelers are required to undergo a mandatory 8-day quarantine at designated facilities conducted by the Indonesian government at their own expense. The quarantine must be undergone at the entry point (For facilities in Jakarta and Surabaya).

Two PCR tests will be administered during this period before release from quarantine. Those two tests will be administered on the first day and on the seventh day after arrival.

If you are tested positive, you will be referred to designated Indonesian hospital/health facility conducted by the Indonesian Government at your own expense.

Head of Foreign Missions and their families who are assigned in Indonesia are advised to undertake the eight-day quarantine at their residence in Indonesia. They are still required to take two PCR tests on the first and seventh day after their arrival in Indonesia at their residence and on their own arrangement. Please be advised to consult with your Embassy/Consulate in Indonesia concerning the PCR test arrangement and the healthcare provider. The PCR test results shall be sent to Directorate of Consular Affairs of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia via email to konsuler@kemlu.go.id.

Whilst other foreign diplomats shall undertake the quarantine at designated facilities by the Indonesian Government at their own expense.

After 8 x 24 hours mandatory quarantine and tested negative, all international travelers are recommended to undertake self-quarantine at their respective residence for the next 14 days.

What do you think, will you still come to Bali despite the regulations, or will you just waiy until it’s all better? Well, whatever you choose, hopefully you are all staying safe at this crazy time, and are getting your vaccinnes. Until next time!

Work from Bali This July 2021-A New Hope for the Island

More and more people have decided to take the opportunity of doing their work online while having a blast in a beautiful villa in various part of the country, including Bali.

These past few months, more cars with foreign license plates are seen cruising the island; especially around Canggu and Ubud areas where tropical villas are being rented in a much lower rate due to the Covid outbreak.

This phenomenon is highly appreciated by the long-suffering locals, who have now get the opportunity to make money once again. Of course, the flock of out-of-town tourists/business(wo)men brings its own risk of spreading yet another outbreak; however, it seems that the officials are taking further steps in making sure that health protocols are followed in every aspects.

Night patrols have been seen everywhere, strolling on the streets of Canggu, to see that cafes and restaurants are following the health protocols and closing the establishments on time. On top of that, the governor and his staff has done everything in their power to make sure that people get vaccinated in mostly the areas tourists love the most, such as Nusa Dua, Ubud, Kuta and Sanur. Canggu, with its ever-growing hype, is also one of the areas with almost eveyone vaccinated.

The Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, is currently concocting a new “work from Bali (WFB)” program for state civil servants (ASN) and civil servants (PNS). This program makes not only ASN, but also Bali hoteliers, very happy. Entrepreneurs believe this program will be effective in reviving economic activity.

“We really welcome this idea from the Coordinating Minister, with a note that the activities will be expanded to broader areas, including those that have not been categorized as the green zone,” said Deputy Chairperson of the Bali Chamber of Commerce for Accommodation and Tourism Development, I Made Ramia Adnyana…, quoted on Tuesday ( 25/5/21).

Until now, Luhut’s WFB policy has only targeted 16 hotels located in The Nusa Dua area managed by the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC). Other regions also have a chance considering that the vaccination process on the Island of the Gods continues. Ramia said there were already two million doses of vaccine in stock in his region.

“Allowing other tourist areas of Seminyak, Legian, Kuta to also be opened such as Nusa Dua (WFB), Sanur, Ubud. This is a very good opportunity to help Bali, which is currently suffering a terrible slump; [eventhough the first quarter of 2021 has seen] 9.85% economic growth rate, ” said the Deputy Chairperson of the IHGMA (Indonesian Hotel General Manager Association) DPP.

The Work From Bali or WFB program is planned to start taking place in the third quarter of 2021, or July 2021 at the latest. Massive encouragement are received from Bali hoteliers to implement the program even sooner. “If it can start sooner,  why [wait until later?] Cut the bureaucracy [already.] If there is no impact or threatening risks, why not start in June?” Ramia asked.

Work from Bali (WFB) is, by far, planned for Indonesian ASN at the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, and ASN of seven ministries/institutions under the coordination of the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, namely the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of PUPR, Ministry of Environment and Forestry and the Ministry of Investment.

The Deputy for Tourism and Creative Economy Coordination MInistries, Odo R.M. Manuhutu, considered the program of potentially having a positive impact on the occupancy rate of hotel rooms in Bali, which were growing increasingly empty.”The occupancy rate of hotels in Bali is only 10 percent in 14 months, which has brought a significant impact to the economy,” he stated.

The WFB policy, which in 2000 after the Bali bombings was also carried out by the Central Government, was not taken haphazardly and without considering other factors. The government has also allocated a social assistance budget (Bansos) for the community during this pandemic amounting to Rp 100 trillion. “…It is not true that the government only focuses on official travel costs for ASN to revive the tourism sector without considering the social needs of the community in general,” he further explained.

Well, what do you think? Will it only trigger anothe outbreak, or, will it bring us all a new hope? Share your thoughts in the commens. See you in our next article, and until then, please take care and stay healthy.

 

The Balinese Kingdoms: The History, The Famous Kings, and The Heritage

Bali, the island of gods and kings. Well, you might have heard the first part of the saying a million times before, as Bali is inhabited by a majority of Hindus, who worship a variety of gods and goddesses, whom they believe act as protectors of the universe.

However, the latter part may not have been as recognizable for you; especially if you haven’t spent some time studying about the historical aspects of the island. True, there are just as many kings in Bali, even today, as there are gods and goddesses.

With the caste system still being in practice in modern Bali (though not as extremely applied as it used to,) the island has long been divided into many small “kingdoms,” all with their own kings. Although not having any power bureaucratically nor administratively, these kingdoms are very much alive, loved, respected, and conserved by their own people.

The royal families’ residents, which are often called “Puri,” are still the main focus and attention to the people in their area, not to mention international attraction when important religious or cultural ceremonies are being held. Royal Balinese weddings and funerals are so beautifully carried out that they become a spectacle of their own, giving the audience amazing shots for their travel documentation.

Aren’t you just intriqued by these small kingdoms? Well, we know we are, so here is an article from CNN Indonesia that we think might be interesting and useful for you.

The Kingdom of Bali is the oldest Hindu-Buddhist kingdom located on the island of Bali. It has a long history and traces of heritage that can still be seen today.

The Balinese kingdom was founded around the 10th century until the early 20th century. When it was founded, the Kingdom of Bali was under the leadership of the Warmadewa Dynasty, a  dynasty that practiced Buddhism. It was not until a few years later when Hinduism began to enter and many of the citizens switched to the new religion.

The center of the Balinese kingdom is located in Bedulu, Gianyar, close to the eastern part of the island of Java. Both have close cultural relations, including the ties to the Isyana Dynasty in East Java.

Since the 10th century, Balinese people have been familiar with the agricultural system which was later developed as a source of economy.

The kings of Bali concentrated the economy from the agricultural sector. Most of the residents work managing rice fields, fields, and plantations.

Apart from agriculture, animal husbandry and hunting were also developed. Several other residents also work to run a gold and silver craft center.

The social life of the Balinese kingdom cannot be separated from the customs that have been ingrained for a long time. Even today, the hereditary culture is still preserved.

Based on the findings of inscriptions from the kings, the customs of the Balinese people are the same as the Ho-Ling (Kalingga) people who are Hindu-Buddhist oriented.

One of the customs in Bali and still applies today is Ngaben. In this procession, every Balinese who is Hindu when he dies, his body is burned to ashes.

Famous Balinese Kings 

The famous Balinese kings mostly come from the Warmadewa Dynasty. Here are some of the names of famous Balinese kings:

  1. Sri Kesari Warmadewa (882-914 AD)
  2. King Udayana (989-1011 AD)
  3. Marakata Pangkaja (1011-1022 AD)
  4. Anak Wungsu (1049-1077 AD)
  5. His Majesty Sri Maharaja Sri Jayasakti (1133-1150 AD)
  6. Sri Astura Ratnabhumibanten (1337-1343 AD)

Traces of the Kingdom of Bali

Nany traces of the heritage of the Kingdom of Bali can still be seen and visited today, including:

  1. Blanjong Inscription

The Blanjong Inscription is a historical relic that contains a message in Balinese language and was made by Sri Kesari Warmadewa. This inscription was found in Sanur Kauh, South Denpasar.

  1. Panglapuan Inscription

The Panglapuan inscription is a relic of the Balinese kingdom which contains messages about royal rulers such as Udayana, Jayapangus and Anak Wungsu.