In view of the Ministry of Health’s announcement on the confirmation of COVID-19 cases in the Sultanate, the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) organised a strategy with other enforcement agencies to curb the spread of the virus.
The RBPF also mobilised its personnel to carry out tasks and responsibilities stated in Section 63 of the Infectious Disease Act Chapter 204 requiring police personnel to help the Ministry of Health in enforcing quarantine and prevent unauthorised people from entering or exiting quarantined areas, monitoring victims of infection so that they do not violate quarantine regulations and carrying out patrols around the affected areas. The RBPF advised the public not to spread any unfounded information relating to COVID-19.
The public is urged not to believe information shared in social media that is not verified.
Those who spread fake news or unfounded information that disturb the peace of the country, can be brought to justice under Chapter 148 of the Public Order Act Section 34 where any person who, whether orally or in writing or by any other means, spreads false reports or makes false statements likely to cause public alarm or despondency shall be guilty of an offence, which carries a three-year imprisonment and a BND3,000 fine.