Eleven Brunei students residing at the Brunei Hall in London tested positive for COVID-19 on February 2. Three students are still infected as of yesterday, according to the Ministry of Education (MoE) in a statement.
From the detection of the first case, all students at Brunei Hall underwent swab tests and isolated in their rooms. Thirty-one students have completed self-isolation.
The MoE, through the Students Unit in London, joined forces with the Brunei Darussalam High Commission in the United Kingdom (UK) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) to monitor the well-being of Brunei students in the UK.
Among the measures implemented were the immediate closure of the Brunei Hall, health monitoring, contact tracing for all students and manpower, supply of food, drinks and medical supplies and other necessities.
Apart from the three active cases showing light symptoms, the students are in a good health condition.
The MoE urged Brunei students at the Brunei Hall and those in the UK to adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs) and file daily reports to the Brunei Hall management.
Parents and guardians are advised against panicking. The MoE will continue to collaborate with the MoH and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the UK.