Stricter regulations for those breaking self-isolation, quarantine

Brunei Darussalam recently announced a 14-day isolation order or quarantine to be imposed on anyone entering the country.

This is welcome news as it can help stop the spread of COVID-19.

However, I read the news article ‘Local caught after escaping quarantine’, in the Borneo Bulletin on March 23, that a person had escaped quarantine but was later caught.

In light of this, I would like to ask the authorities on how they monitor those in self-isolation and quarantine.

With the number of people in self-isolation and quarantine on the rise, I would imagine authorities would have a hard time monitoring them.

Perhaps the authorities should impose stricter regulations such as revoking work and student visas (if they are not citizens of Brunei) and a heftier jail time and fine (for locals and residents) for those breaking self-isolation and quarantine. It might seem harsh but it needs to be done to limit the spread of this virus.

A Concerned Resident

File photo of Ministry of Health flyers on COVID-19. The writer believes that the authorities should impose stricter regulations such as revoking work and student visas (if they are not citizens of Brunei) and a heftier jail time and fine (for locals and residents) for those breaking self-isolation and quarantine. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR