Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) spoke of the reopening of three COVID-19 green zones in Bali for tourism amid a marked decrease in the number of Indonesia's daily cases of coronavirus and nationwide mass vaccination campaign.

"I see that in the province of Bali we want to concentrate on three designated green zones, specifically Ubud, Sanur, and Nusa Dua. We are optimistic of these becoming green zones, green areas that we can fully open to tourists," the head of state remarked while witnessing a mass vaccination campaign at Puri Saren Agung, Gianyar District, Bali, on Tuesday.

The Bali authorities administered COVID-19 vaccines to tourist industry players, religious leaders, and cultural and youth representatives, among others.

Ubud is located in Gianyar District, Sanur lies in Denpasar City, and Nusa Dua is situated in Badung District.

"Hence, later, they (tourists) will feel safe and comfortable staying in Bali. With our focus on these three zones, revival of the tourism sector in Bali Province will start," he explained.

President Jokowi highlighted his plan to conduct a weekly evaluation in the three zones specifically to review the implementation of the vaccination program and the conditions of Bali, in general.

"We are optimistic that the vaccination process would continue, and our set target would be achieved," the president stated.

President Jokowi also held a dialog via videoconferencing with regional heads in Klungkung District, Denpasar City, and Badung.

"We are grateful that the city of Denpasar in Sanur has been designated as a green zone. In Sanur, the target is set to vaccinate 35,000 individuals, (comprising) 27,000 people and 8,000 hotel staff. Vaccinations are conducted on the basis of hamlets, and we involve all universities and private hospitals," Mayor of Denpasar IGN Jaya Negara stated during the dialog.

Denpasar has outlined a target of inoculating five thousand people every day, while hotels, restaurants, and other businesses are expected to conduct self-funded vaccinations, he remarked. Related news: Free COVID Corridor Program for reopening Bali for tourists: Minister
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