Brunei: No more Covid-19 cases but not ready to open borders with other countries

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  • Monday, 15 Jun 2020

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Xinhua): Brunei is not ready to open borders with neighbouring countries any time soon and there is no negotiations with other countries on this matter, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy Mohd Amin Liew said.

This comes even after Brunei on Monday announced that they do not have any new cases of Covid-19 (coronavirus) for 38 consecutive days.

The national tally has been standing at 141. The last case reported in the country was in May 7.

The total recovery cases is standing at 138. There has been two deaths in the country so far.

Only one active case is still receiving treatment at the National Isolation Centre, who is in still critical condition, requiring Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and respiratory assistance.

But according to the local daily Borneo Bulletin, Liew made the comments regarding a recent report saying that the "green lane" or "green bubble" on the possibility of opening borders with the neighboring countries.

The minister added that there may be a misconception or misunderstanding on the matter.

"There has not been any official discussion with the government of Malaysia or the government of Sarawak, and if we look at the newspapers, it was an unofficial statement and so far there have not been any official statement or official negotiations with neighboring countries," the minister was quoted as saying.

The minister added that the special lane set up between Singapore and China is not for tourists, but specifically for those who are carrying out business or on an official visit, making it a special arrangement. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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