Eerie images from Bali show Covid’s devastating impact as heartbroken Aussies

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The once vibrant, bustling streets of Bali now lie empty and abandoned as Covid lockdowns ruin the former holiday hotspot – it’s enough to drive you to Bintang.

Kuta, the legendary party capital of beer-swilling Australians on cheap holidays, is a ghost town. Its bars and clubs are shuttered and silent. Billboards optimistically offer premises for rent.

But there’s no-one there to see those signs.

The once vibrant, bustling streets of Bali now lie empty and abandoned as Covid lockdowns decimate the former holiday hotspot. Seen here is an abandoned spa, optimistically advertised for rent, but there is no-one there to read the signs

The once vibrant, bustling streets of Bali now lie empty and abandoned as Covid lockdowns decimate the former holiday hotspot. Seen here is an abandoned spa, optimistically advertised for rent, but there is no-one there to read the signs

The once vibrant, bustling streets of Bali now lie empty and abandoned as Covid lockdowns decimate the former holiday hotspot. Laneways like the one pictured here are normally packed with fun-seeking holidaymakers but are now deserted

The once vibrant, bustling streets of Bali now lie empty and abandoned as Covid lockdowns decimate the former holiday hotspot. Laneways like the one pictured here are normally packed with fun-seeking holidaymakers but are now deserted

Indonesia is gripped by the world’s worst current Covid outbreak with more than 50,000 cases a day being reported – and many more feared going undetected.

More than 75,000 Indonesians have died from the disease since the pandemic began, and the latest outbreak has another 1,000 dying every day.

Locals barter in the streets for lifesaving oxygen cylinders for their families as overcrowded hospitals struggle to cope with the surging flood of patients.

Just seven per cent of the targeted 180 million of Indonesia’s 276 million population have had any kind of vaccination, mostly with China’s Sinovac vaccine that had its effectiveness questioned by some experts. 

The country – which has now had more than 2.6 million Covid cases – went into partial lockdown at the start of July in a bid to slow the disease, but to little effect so far.

Kuta, the legendary party capital of beer-swilling Australians, is a ghost town. Its bars and clubs, like the one pictured here, are shuttered and silent while falling into disrepair

Kuta, the legendary party capital of beer-swilling Australians, is a ghost town. Its bars and clubs, like the one pictured here, are shuttered and silent while falling into disrepair

Indonesia's lockdowns have targeted the main tourist destinations of Bali and Java to stem the tide of the Delta variant of the disease which has wreaked havoc worldwide, but it's meant the total shutdown of Australia's favourite holiday hotspot

Indonesia’s lockdowns have targeted the main tourist destinations of Bali and Java to stem the tide of the Delta variant of the disease which has wreaked havoc worldwide, but it’s meant the total shutdown of Australia’s favourite holiday hotspot

Normally these vibrant streets pictured here would be 24x7 party central with noisy crowds of people enjoying their holiday. Today nothing moves and there is no-one to be seen

Normally these vibrant streets pictured here would be 24×7 party central with noisy crowds of people enjoying their holiday. Today nothing moves and there is no-one to be seen

The lockdowns were targeted at the main tourist destination of Bali and the densely populated main island of Java to stem the tide of the Delta variant of the disease, which has wreaked havoc worldwide.

But the measures meant the total shutdown of Australia’s favourite holiday hotspot, famous for attracting sports clubs, bucks parties and hens nights on wild Bintang beer-fuelled adventures.

Combined with Australia’s total overseas travel ban, apart from vital or exceptional circumstances, it sounded a death knell for the Bali tourist trade and its notorious nightlife.

Combined with Australia's total overseas travel ban, the localised Indonesian lockdowns have sounded a death knell for the Bali tourist trade and its notorious nightlife, as seen in the darkness of the city streets here



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