Brunei: Asean meetings to be all virtual in 2021; no local Covid-19 case for 261 days

Brunei's Minister of Foreign Affairs II Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof. - Borneo Bulletin/Asian News Network

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Jan 23 (Borneo Bulletin/Asian News Network): Asean foreign ministers are comfortable with the ministerial and senior officials meeting being held virtually this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Minister of Foreign Affairs II Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof told the media after the Asean Foreign Ministers Retreat meeting held via video conference.

Physical meetings may be held once everyone is immunised, he said.

Brunei is holding the Asean Chairmanship this year, and the virtual Asean Foreign Ministers Retreat meeting held virtually on Thursday was the first major meeting under the nation’s chairmanship.

Meanwhile, Brunei reported one new imported case of Covid-19 on Friday, bringing the national tally to 175.

According to Brunei's Ministry of Health, the case is a 50-year-old man who arrived in Brunei on Jan. 8 from Britain via Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He had a sore throat on Wednesday and is currently being monitored and treated at the National Isolation Center.

Meanwhile, the contact tracing for this case has found that he does not have any close contacts since he has been quarantined as soon as he arrived in the country.

With the detection of this latest case, there are three active cases being treated at the National Isolation Center and all patients are in stable condition.

A total of 34 imported cases have been confirmed since the last local infection case on May 6, 2020. At present, Brunei has recorded 261 days without Covid-19 local infections.

Meanwhile, 551 individuals are currently undergoing mandatory self-isolation at the monitoring centers provided by the government, who have arrived in the country after traveling abroad.

There have been three deaths resulted from Covid-19 in Brunei and a total of 169 patients have recovered. - Xinhua
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