Brunei bans its citizens from overseas travel to contain Covid-19


BANDAR SEI BEGAWAN: Brunei citizens, permanent residents (PRs) and foreigners holding valid identification cards (ICs) are not allowed to leave the country starting on Monday (March 16) except for medical treatment, attend court hearing or studies overseas.

Any travels are subject to approval from the Prime Minister’s Office.

The latest move to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Brunei Darussalam was announced by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Mohd Isham bin Jaafar at a press conference yesterday.

He said, “For the moment it is important to contain the virus spread in the country by keeping the current population in.”

“For those people coming into the country, measures will be announced in the following days. How long this will last depends on the situation.”

He added, “Those who wish to travel will need to write an email to travelapplication@jpm.gov.bn with the scanned documents to obtain permission from Prime Minister’s Office.

Brunei Darussalam on Monday had recorded 10 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 50.

Seven of the new cases are linked to the Tabligh assembly in Kuala Lumpur, while three are linked to Case 25 first reported on March 12.

These new cases were announced by Dr Mohd Isham bin Jaafar at a press conference yesterday.

He said all patients are in a stable condition, while undergoing treatment at the National Isolation Centre. They have no fever and do not require respiratory assistance.

The MoH advised those who attended the local Tabligh gathering on March 5-8 to undergo immediate testing for Covid-19 at the Sports Complex of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital.

The nine Bruneians who attended the Tabligh assembly in Kuala Lumpur are still in Malaysia, and under quarantine. Out of that number, three tested positive for Covid-19 and are being treated at Sungai Buloh Hospital in Selangor.

One tested negative and the remaining five are still awaiting their test results. - Borneo Bulletin/Asian News Network

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