Daily data of new imported COVID-19 cases worrying

Brunei Darussalam has been garnering global attention for its effective management of the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, the populace has been enjoying the level of freedom that remains out of reach in a number of countries.

However, the past few weeks have been rather worrying; the number of new imported cases in certain days is in double digits. The capacity at the National Isolation Centre is slightly over 100, but there are now 60 patients receiving treatment.

My question is: What would happen if the centre reached maximum capacity? Is there a plan to build another isolation centre, or at least expand the existing one?

With Delta variant wreaking havoc the world over, this may be the best time for the authorities to consider more stringent measures, especially in terms of the flow of travellers in and out of the country. We are still in the process of attaining herd immunity, after all.

Until we reach our goal, we need to limit the number of people coming into the country. We are still at the stage in the pandemic where new information is released by health experts regularly. It’s made more complicated by new COVID-19 variants that are popping up across the globe. I’m sure the local authorities will have us know if Delta is ever detected in the country. However, the rate at which it spreads in the community frightens me. It’s no wonder that some countries are quick to shut their borders and implement strict measures to keep the lid on the spread.

I understand that the resumption of green lane with Singapore is still relatively fresh. However, given the daily numbers posted in the past fortnight, will the authorities consider a temporary suspension of the agreement?

Local Observer