Tourist Dies In Bali After Contracting Coronavirus
A British tourist has died in Bali after contracting the coronavirus earlier this month.
It's the first confirmed case on the Indonesian island and the first reported death in the whole country.
The 53-year-old woman came into the country on 29 February, however just three days later she began experiencing symptoms similar to Covid-19.
She went to a private facility, with 7News confirming she died at Sanglah Hospital.
Bali's coronavirus task force said the woman had underlying medical conditions, including diabetes, hypertension and lung disease. Chair of the task force Dewa Made Indra, believes the victim contracted the disease before coming to Bali.
Dewa added: "I can inform that we have traced all people that have had contact with her. There are a total of 21 people who have had contact since she arrived in Bali.
"To those who had contact with her, we have told them to do self-quarantine to prevent this disease from spreading.
"Those who are working, should take leave, stay at home, use masks.
"We have conducted medical checks, taken swabs and sent the sample to the laboratory."
"After we have communication with the family, her husband also in Bali, it is agreed that she is cremated in Mumbul."
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The woman's husband is now under observation in hospital, but has not yet reported experiencing any symptoms.
The coronavirus has officially been declared a pandemic, following a statement by the World Health Organisation.
The WHO said the decision was made due to the 'alarming levels of spread and severity'.
A pandemic is classed as the 'worldwide spread of a new disease', according to the WHO.
Director General of the WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the decision hadn't been taken lightly, though it doesn't affect its advice to countries.
He said: "Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.
"Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO's assessment of the threat posed by this coronavirus. It doesn't change what WHO is doing, and it doesn't change what countries should do.
"We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus. And we have never before seen a pandemic that can be controlled at the same time. WHO has been in full response mode since we were notified of the first cases.
"We have called every day for countries to take urgent and aggressive action. We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear."
He went on to say that 81 countries have so far reported no cases of Covid-19, while 57 countries have reported 10 cases or less, adding that even in countries where the virus is widespread it can still be suppressed.
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