Brunei: Indonesian man pleads guilty to violating Covid-19 restrictions; first such case in country


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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Sept 26 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): An Indonesian man has pleaded guilty before the Magistrate’s Court for violating the Quarantine Order (QO), failure to scan the BruHealth QR code when entering the premises and exposing the public to the risk of infection.

It was the first case of its kind on flouting the country’s Covid-19 restrictions.

Magistrate Dewi Norlelawati Abdul Hamid adjourned the case to consider a fitting punishment to be handed on Oct 9.

Yuda Prayoga, 22, is facing a fine not exceeding BND10,000 and imprisonment not exceeding six months or both, for each charge.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurul Fitri binti Kiprawi revealed that the defendant was identified by the Ministry of Health (MoH) as a close contact to a Covid-19 patient and he took a swab test.

On Aug 21, the defendant was notified that he contracted Covid-19 and was issued a QO to be isolated at his residence until Sept 6.

However, the defendant ignored the QO and went to a convenience store on Sept 3.

There, the defendant did not scan the BruHealth QR code nor wrote his details on a logbook at the store’s entrance.

The defendant remained in the convenience store for about 10 minutes with other customers present.

His act was uncovered when a member of the public tipped-off the Royal Brunei Police Force which led to the defendant’s arrest. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN

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