Brunei encourages public to report smuggling activities to keep COVID-19 pandemic under control

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Brunei government called for public help to provide information on using illegal routes to enter the country, amid concerns on the risk of imported COVID-19 infections through such activities.

"What we are concerned about are crossings through illegal or smuggling routes. So far, our country's enforcement agencies have been working very hard in capturing individuals involved in smuggling," Brunei's Minister of Health Haji Mohd Isham was quoted as saying by local daily the Borneo Bulletin on Wednesday.

The minister reminded the public, "We are only as strong as our weakest link. This is our chain and if we break this, the efforts made will become meaningless".

"Each and every person in the country must play their part to ensure we keep the outbreak under control," he said.

The minister also reminded the public to practice social responsibilities in safeguarding people's safety, such as following the regulations and instructions issued by health authorities.

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