Tribun-Bali.com reports that in August 2021, the Indonesian Province of Bali experienced the highest number of fatalities nationwide linked to COVID-19. During August, Bali recorded 752 fatalities among COVID-19 patients.
Dr. Ketut Suarjaya, the Head of the Bali Health Department, cited several reasons for many COVID deaths. Suarjaya said many patients in Bali only come to hospitals seeking medical assistance when their condition is already advanced and critical. He also noted that many of the patients dying from COVID are over 60 years of age. Bali’s top health official said that 62% of those dying from the virus in Bali suffered from comorbidity and had yet to receive a vaccination.
In summary, Suarjaya said: “In Bali, several cases arrive at the hospital in a critical state of health, are aged over 60 years, have comorbidity (62%), and 90% are unvaccinated.
From March 2020 until 05 September 2021, the Health Department recorded 3.616 COVID-19 patient deaths in Bali. From this total death toll:
- 22 (0.58%) were under the age of five.
- 20 who died were aged between 6 and 18 years.
- 666 patients (18.42%) were aged 19 to 50 years.
- 811 patients (22.43%) were aged 51 to 60 years.
- 2,097 patients (58.01%) were age 60 or above.
Suarjaya said the Provincial government’s strategy to reduce COVID-19 deaths is to increase its existing program of “3 Ts” – Testing, Tracing, and Treatment.
Patients who were once self-isolated at home are now being shifted to centralized isolation centers where they will remain until they successfully test “negative” for the virus.
Simultaneously, the Provincial Administration of Bali is aggressively accelerating vaccination programs.
COVID-19 cases in Bali began to rise rapidly starting from mid-June 2021. The number of new cases, which averaged below 50, shot up to more than 1,000 to 1,400 new cases every day. By the third week of August 2021, the average daily cases had shrunk to 943.
Meanwhile, the number of fatalities linked to COVID-19 has remained high from mid-June until the third week of August 2021. On average, daily death rates that hovered around five increased to 50.
During the fifth week of September 2021, new cases of COVID-19 in Bali totaled 251 people, 457 patients declared “cured,” and 18 fatalities.
Since March of 2020, Bali has recorded 108,555 cases of COVID-19, a total of 99,661 cured patients, and 3,616 deaths.
Currently, there are some 5,287 active cases of COVID-19 in Bali. This number breaks down into 1,259 patients in hospital care, 1,915 with no symptoms or light symptoms housed government-run isolation centers, and 2,104 people self-isolating at their place of residence.