New virus cases knock hopes of reviving Southeast Asia's holiday hotspots
Cochin Herald|September - October 2020
A spike in coronavirus infections in Indonesia's holiday island of Bali and Thailand's first locally transmitted case in 100 days have dealt further blows to Southeast Asian hopes of reviving vital tourism industries.

Plans to reopen Bali to foreign tourists from September have been postponed indefinitely, while Thailand's proposal for the cautious reopening of Phuket island has come into doubt. As well as trying to encourage domestic tourism industries, some Southeast Asian countries have been considering travel bubbles with others as a way to get businesses restarted.

Bali initially appeared to weather the health crisis better than other parts of Indonesia, which has suffered Southeast Asia's biggest death toll by far. But coronavirus cases have spiked after it reopened its borders to domestic tourism at the end of July.

Increasing domestic tourism is one important factor for increasing cases in Bali, said Dr Pandu Riono, an epidemiologist from the University of Indonesia.

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