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Fighting COVID-19 Cell-by-Cell

Kerobokan Prison in Bali Bans Visitors While Waiting for Disinfectants and Thermometers. Meanwhile, Law Courts in Denpasar, Bars Spectators from the Courtroom

In keeping with the COVID-19 precipitated trends to maintain social distance and work from home, the District Court of Denpasar Bali saw a recent Court session presided over by Judge Putu Gde Novyartha become strictly limited the number of people allowed to attend the Court as spectators. 

As quoted by RadarBali.com, Judge Novyartha told a packed courtroom: "Spectating visitors can leave. In accordance with instructions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the number of visitors is limited. Visitors, please leave!"

Meanwhile, dismayed and confused friends and family of the defendants on trial before the Court were told to go home, leaving behind only the panel of judges, prosecutors, the defendant, and his attorney.

The battle against coronavirus was also taking place across town at Bali's notorious Kerobokan Prison. The Chief Warden, Yulius Sahruzah, decided to suspend visitation programs at the Prison, ordering the large group of people who come to visit friends and family undergoing imprisonment also to return home.  

Yulius declared that for two-weeks until the end of March, the families of prisoners are banned from visiting the Prison. Prison officials have, however, made special arrangements to handle gifts and food intended for prisoners so that prison officials can convey them.

Warden Yulius says he socialized the new visitation rules to the inmates of the Prison who have generally accepted the need for caution in the current Pandemic.

Kerobokan Prison is undertaking a sanitization and disinfection program while waiting for the delivery of needed disinfectant from the Department of Health

The Health Department in Bali has "zero stocks" of disinfectant solutions.

A general cleaning program of each block of the Prison performed by the inmates is now in place.

The Prison is also said to be in urgent need of thermal scanners and thermometers.

Staff and prisoners are now rigorously washing and sanitizing their hands as the first line of defense against COVID-19.

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