COVID-19 updates: Brunei has not officially received M’sian ‘travel bubble’ proposal: Minister

 

The Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad Isham bin Hj Jaafar at the daily COVID-19 press briefing said that no new COVID-19 case in was recorded in Brunei today, maintaining the national tally at 141.

No active cases are being treated at the National Isolation Centre (NIC) in Tutong.

 

The Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham bin Hj Jaafar speaking at the daily COVID-19 press conference held at Al-‘Afiah Hall of the Ministry of Health today. PHOTO: Aziz Idris

 

At this time, all close contact of patients have completed the 14-day quarantine period in accordance to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204). A total of 2,823 individuals have completed their quarantine.

The health minister also informed that 263 individuals, who have just arrived in the country after traveling abroad are undergoing mandatory isolation at government dedicated monitoring centers. At present, a total of 2,515 individuals have completed their mandatory self-isolation at the monitoring centres.

In the past 24 hours, a total of 56 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV2 virus, that brings the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 26,251 tests.

The health minister also informed that a total of 393,033 individuals have registered as users to BruHealth application. In addition, a total of 10,017 businesses and premises have registered for the application.

 


 

 

Brunei has not officially received M’sian ‘travel bubble’ proposal: Minister

The Second Minister of Foreign Affairs Dato Seri Setia Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof today at a press conference said that the Brunei government will look into the ‘travel bubble’ proposal on easing Bruneians’ entry into Malaysia that the Malaysian government announced on Friday, but informed that an official proposal has not been received yet.

The Malaysian government on Friday has agreed in-principle to grant Brunei citizens entry into Malaysia without mandatory COVID-19 screening and 14-day quarantine,  on the condition that it is reciprocal.

Dato Seri Setia Haji Erywan also shared that Singapore and China has proposed officially  in allowing limited entry between citizens of both countries to ease official and business travel. “The Brunei government, through agencies such as Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister’s Office are currently evaluating factors such as the appropriateness and Brunei’s readiness,” he said, adding that the factors on accepting the proposals are subject to conditions imposed or conditions that Brunei counter-offer.

 

 

Second Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato Seri Setia Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd. Yusof speaking at the daily COVID-19 press conference held at Al-‘Afiah Hall of the Ministry of Health today. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS