Bali conducted mass prayers on Sunday, Indonesian resort island prepares to reopen to tourists shut out because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
More than a thousand people attended a prayer at Besakih Hindu temple in the town of Karangasem, expressing gratitude for the handling of the new coronavirus on the island and seeking blessings for the start of a “new normal”.
So far Bali has reported 1,849 coronavirus infections and 20 deaths so while Indonesia as a whole has recorded 63,749 cases and 3,171 deaths.
Tourism is the main source of income in Bali. The local government expects to reopen Bali to foreign arrivals in September.