Brunei govt extends anti-virus measures, tightens punishment

The Brunei government announced the extension of Covid-19 control measures including a curfew order for 14 days, with stricter levels of punishment for violators.

According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Wednesday, the enhanced control measures will be extended by another 14 days, starting from Oct 18 till Oct 31.

This extension “is to ensure that the well-being of all parties continues to be safeguarded by way of reducing movement to minimise the spread of the pandemic in this country”, the PMO said in a statement.

Before the detection of seven local cases on Aug 7, Brunei had kept a record of 457 days without community infections.

Facing a new wave of outbreak, the country had to introduce stricter control measures.

Besides closing religious places, schools switching to online learning, no dine-in for restaurants, and closing indoor and outdoor sports facilities, leisure centres and cinemas, Brunei also banned most mass gatherings, requiring all non-essential sector workers to work-from-home and barring all residents in Brunei from leaving their houses without any important reason.

The Brunei government also introduced more control measures on Oct 1, including a curfew and some strengthened enforcement activities.

The public is required to stay at their respective residences every night from 8pm until 4am local time to reduce people’s movement and the risk of Covid-19 local transmission.

The PMO said that starting Wednesday, the compound fine for violation of the curfew order and other social distancing regulations will be increased fivefold from B$100 (RM307) to B$500 (RM1,536) for each offence.

In addition, the Brunei government said that any individual or company found to have disobeyed the control rules will be publicised through the mass media. — Borneo Bulletin/ANN
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