Bali: 11 hotel workers tested after Surabayan customers get Omicron

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Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA) – At least 11 hotel workers in Bali who were close contacts of tourists from Surabayan exposed to the Omicron variant underwent swab PCR testing on Monday, an official informed.

“(Hotel guests exposed to the Omicron variant) only interacted with catering servers and housekeeping staff. Today 11 hotel staff who were their close contacts were swab tested (PCR), “Bali health unit director Dr Ketut said. Suarjaya, Denpasar said Monday.

According to Suarjaya, based on the contact tracing of Surabayan tourists, their interaction with others during their time in Bali was minimal as they occupied a villa which was equipped with a private pool and other facilities.

Previously, East Java officials said hotel guests visited Bali from December 20 to 25, 2021, but the hotel confirmed they stayed from December 11 to 15, 2021, he said. .

“Considering the time, 14 days have passed, so the possibility of them getting infected in Bali is very low,” he said.

If the guests stayed from December 11 to 15, 2021, the incubation period of the virus has already passed, he explained. In addition, according to the hotel statement, there were no sick employees or staff exposed to COVID-19 in December 2021.

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“Because the employees had no symptoms and the incubation period is already over, there was no action (no quarantine for hotel staff), other than to wait for the results of the swab PCR test and continue to monitor (the situation) ”Suarjaya added.

It would be different if the patients infected with Omicron had remained in Bali at the end of December 2021, he said. Then their close contacts would have to quarantine themselves for five days and take another COVID-19 test, he added.

“I hope this (the infection of Surabayan guests) is not a sign of the Omicron variant (entering Bali). But we ask the public to remain calm and be vigilant as the virus still exists,” did he declare.

Suarjaya also reminded the Balinese people to remain disciplined in implementing 6M sanitary protocols (wearing masks, washing hands, maintaining distance, keeping crowds away, reducing mobility and avoiding eating together) and encouraging those who have not been vaccinated to contract COVID. -19 shots.

“Certainly, so far no case of Omicron has been detected in Bali, but there is a possibility as the gateways to Bali are open,” he noted.

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