Monday, February 26, 2024
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Call for extending home isolation to travellers

I would like to applaud the authorities, who have done an absolutely stellar job throughout the whole pandemic with the strategies and decisions that have been made. I’d also like to send out my deepest appreciation to all frontliners for their dedication and hard work over these last two years.

With the Omicron variant now becoming the dominant COVID-19 strain around the world, its milder symptoms, high transmissibility and short incubation period have prompted many countries, such as Australia, Singapore and the United Kingdom, to make changes to the hotel quarantine system.

In Singapore, home isolation is now allowed for fully-vaccinated residents returning to the city state. In Australia’s New South Wales and Victoria, the on-arrival polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been replaced with self-administered antigen rapid tests (ARTs), where fully-vaccinated travellers are free to move around as soon as a negative result is obtained within the first 24 hours of arrival. Meanwhile, fully-vaccinated travellers arriving in England are no longer required to complete quarantine.

Given that Brunei has a highly vaccinated population, and that home isolation is now extended to COVID-19 positive cases in Categories 1 and 2, could the authorities consider some alternative methods of isolation for fully-vaccinated residents, visa holders and extended family members, who enter the country and have suitable home accommodation?

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