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Indonesia bans foreign tourists as COVID-19 spikes

JAKARTA (CNA) – Indonesia has temporarily banned foreign tourists entering the country through Jakarta’s airport, the Transport Ministry said, in a bid to slow a spike in coronavirus infections driven by the COVID-19 Omicron variant.

The Southeast Asian country has seen a jump in cases, with more than 36,000 infections recorded on Sunday and the bed occupancy rate at hospitals in the capital reaching 63 per cent.

The move to bar tourists flying to Jakarta comes just days after Bali welcomed the first international flight in nearly two years carrying foreign visitors.

More details on Tuesday’s Borneo Bulletin