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Indonesia to divide G-20 participants into ‘bubbles’ for Nov. 15-16 summit in Bali

DENPASAR (Bali), February 26 (The Straits Times/ANN): Indonesia will group conference participants into four “bubbles” at the G-20 meetings it will host in Bali later this year, to minimize any spread of Covid-19.

Participants will limit interactions inside their respective bubbles, the Department of Health said on Friday evening (February 25).

Bubble 1 will be made up of delegates and their entourage and VVIPs; Bulle 2, guests and journalists; Bulle 3, officials, organizing committee; and bubble 4, support staff such as technicians.

The bubble protocol will essentially be a travel corridor that separates those involved in the summit from the public at hotels, venues and other support facilities for each event or meeting during and before the 2022 G-20 Summit in Bali.

“As host, Indonesia enforces strict health protocols that must be understood and adhered to by all G-20 participants from the time they leave their home country until they leave the country. ‘Indonesia,” Dr Siti Nadia Tarmizi, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, said in a statement. declaration.

The ministry also announced that the summit would be pushed back to November 15-16, instead of October as originally planned.

Indonesia, which assumed the one-year presidency of the G-20 last December, taking over from Italy, hosted the first of the meetings of finance ministers and central bank deputies on December 9-10, with some participants being physically present at a venue in Jakarta while others attended. virtually.

Among Jakarta’s priority issues during its G-20 presidency include strengthening the global health architecture and promoting a sustainable energy transition.

With the theme of its presidency Recover Together, Recover Stronger, Indonesia hopes to bring countries to work together to achieve a stronger and more sustainable global recovery from Covid-19.

The G-20 includes 19 major advanced and emerging economies and the European Union.

Singapore is not a member of the G-20 but has been invited to attend the November summit.

He has also been invited to many G-20 summits and related meetings as an organizer of the Global Governance Group, which is an informal grouping of 30 small and medium-sized members of the United Nations.

G-20 side events will also take place in other locations, including the Lake Toba region of North Sumatra and Nusa Tenggara Timur’s Labuan Bajo, home to the world’s only Komodo dragon habitat.

Participants arriving in Indonesia must be fully vaccinated, with the second vaccine at least 14 days before departure. They must also present a negative polymerase chain reaction test performed within three days of departure and insurance covering medical care up to $25,000 ($33,840).

Meanwhile, Indonesia is considering allowing quarantine-free travel sooner than expected – likely from the second or third week of March – as Covid-19 cases trend down around the vast archipelago. .

The government had previously indicated that the country would open to quarantine-free travel on April 1.

Currently, travelers must serve five days of quarantine, but this will be reduced to three days from March 1.

The national airline – Garuda Indonesia – and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have resumed flights to Bali. Garuda has been flying from and to Tokyo since February 3 and SIA from and to Singapore since February 16.

Since February 3, Bali has received 1,300 incoming passengers – including 700 foreigners and the rest returning Indonesians.

Other airlines such as KLM Royal Dutch, Scoot Tigerair and Jetstar Airways may also resume flights to the resort island, according to the Indonesian government.

A total of 258 Covid-19 patients have died in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 147,844 since the start of the pandemic. Indonesia has a total of 5.5 million cases, with 46,653 new infections reported on Saturday. – The Straits Times/ANN