Brunei further eases Covid-19 related restrictions


  • Brunei
  • Friday, 14 Aug 2020

Brunei Health Minister Mohammad Isham Jaafar. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Xinhua): Brunei will further ease Covid-19 related restrictions starting from Monday (Aug 17) with certain conditions as the situation in the country has improved, Mohammad Isham Jaafar, Brunei's Minister of Health said on Thursday.

Restrictions on activities at arcades, playgrounds, swimming pools, cinemas and elderly centers will be further eased with more guest capacity allowed.

Safety guidelines for mass gatherings have also been further relaxed, allowing the gathering of no more than 200 individuals.

The minister said the de-escalation level will be maintained as before for mosques, schools, gyms and fitness centres, sports facilities, restaurants and markets.

Mohammad Isham also announced a charge reduction for Covid-19 swab tests imposed on foreigners who have been granted permission to enter Brunei from B$1,000 (about US$730) to B$350 (about US$255), commencing from Friday.

The ministry of Health reminded that the public is required to comply with all regulations and directives related to the reduction of social distancing measures.

The ministry warned that any individual found to be in violation of or disobey any order issued shall be an offence under the Infectious Diseases Act which can be issued compound fine up to B$5,000 (about US$3,600) or can be prosecuted in court carrying a fine up to B$10,000 (about US$7,300) or imprisonment up to six months or both.

Brunei reported no new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday with the national tally of cases standing at 142, marking the sixth consecutive day without new cases since Aug 7.

According to Brunei's Ministry of Health, no more recoveries were recorded, maintaining the total number of recovered cases at 138. There is one active case being treated at the National Isolation Centre, who is in a stable condition.

There have been three deaths from Covid-19 in Brunei.

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