'Culture police' help in the battle to contain Covid-19 in Bali

Mr Wayan Karda (right) and fellow pecalang, or cultural guardians, watch out for motorists not wearing their masks at one of Denpasar’s main roundabouts. ST PHOTO: JEFFREY HUTTON
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DENPASAR - Bounding from the back of a patrol truck on the streets of the colonial quarter of Denpasar with two deputies in tow, it was not long before Mr Wayan Karda, 59, found a Covid-19 scofflaw.

"Please put on your mask, Pak," Mr Wayan told a man just as he was mounting his scooter. Just minutes after the incident, he gently chided a shopkeeper, setting up mannequins outside his fabric shop, for the same offence. Ditto for a pair of young men wearing their masks around their chins.

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