Brunei to host Asean summits via video conferencing amid concerns of Covid-19 in South East-Asia


BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Oct 23 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): Brunei is set to host the 38th and 39th Asean Summits and Related Summits in virtual meetings via a series of video conferences, amid concerns over the unsettled Covid-19 pandemic situation across the region.

Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah as the Chair of Asean for 2021, will chair all 11 ASEAN summits from Oct 26-28, according to a press statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Asean Summit – which carries the theme, ‘We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper’ – is expected to discuss a number of agendas such as further strengthening the resilience of the Asean Community towards regional recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic; enhancing the preparedness of Asean in addressing common challenges; seizing new opportunities in pursuit of shared prosperity; and maintaining cooperation towards achieving the region’s long-term goals.

The 38th and 39th Asean Summit and Related Summits will also be joined by the leaders of Asean and its dialogue partners – People’s Republic of China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Republic of India, United States of America, Australia and the Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, 130 new Covid-19 cases were recorded on Friday (Oct 22) night said Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Mohd Isham Jaafar at the daily press conference to update the Covid-19 situation in the country.

This raised the national tally of confirmed cases to 11,672.

Dr Mohd Isham said 38 new cases came from 12 previously identified active clusters.

Meanwhile, 53 new cases came from seven newly identified clusters, all of which were accomodation clusters. Three of the new clusters – Strageco Staff House cluster, Sumayanur Sdn Bhd Cluster and Mal Star Enterprise Cluster – were used as employee accommodations.

The sources of infection for 38 more new cases are under investigation, said the minister. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN
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