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Bali backpedals on reopening to international tourists in 2020

COVID-hit industry's hopes now hinge on domestic travel and 'workations'

A fisherman prepares for the day on an empty beach in Bali during the coronavirus pandemic.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia's popular resort island of Bali has dropped plans to reopen to foreign tourists this year, as the government first looks to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The island, which allowed domestic travelers back in at the end of July, had long maintained that it would start welcoming international visitors again on Sept. 11. Bali has a relatively low number of coronavirus cases, with 4,513 total confirmed infections as of Sunday -- just 3% of the national total.

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