Proud record for Brunei - No local Covid-19 cases for 376 days


A Malaysian Armed Forces medical personnel holding up a vial of the Covid-19 vaccine, March 9 at Wisma Pertahanan. — RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, May 18 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): Brunei recorded no new Covid-19 cases on Monday night (May 17) keeping the tally of confirmed cases at 232.

No local transmissions have been reported for 376 days.

Seven cases are receiving treatment at the National Isolation Centre (NIC) and are in a stable condition.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) shared the latest updates on Covid-19 in its daily statement.

Four hundred and eighty-two individuals are undergoing mandatory self-isolation at government monitoring centres after travelling from abroad, while 18,268 have completed their stint since March 2020.

Forty-two samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the past 24 hours, while 123,501 tests have been conducted since January 2020.

In its breakdown of Covid-19 cases in the country, healthinfo.gov.bn revealed that there have been 197 cases in Brunei-Muara District, 29 in Belait District and six in Tutong District.

Meanwhile, the Brunei government on Monday announced the temporary suspension of entry for foreign nationals from four more South Asian countries over Covid-19 concerns.

Brunei has earlier imposed a travel ban on India.

According to a press release from Brunei's Prime Minister's Office (PMO), the temporary suspension on traveling to and from India, imposed on April 27, will be extended until June 13 and will cover four more countries, namely Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The PMO said the suspension applies to entry travels of all foreign nationals departing from or through any airport in the region except for diplomatic passport holders and armed forces members. It also applies to transits through Brunei for all foreign nationals departing from the region.

It also suspended travels from Brunei to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh for any reason or business matters except diplomatic passport holders and armed forces members.

The PMO said the suspension also applies to foreign nationals who have been granted pre-approvals to enter Brunei from the above five countries via pre-authorized flights, which have therefore been suspended. - The Borneo Bulletin/ANN

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