Hotel quarantine a must for travellers from Brunei

Adib Noor

Residents in Brunei who have flown overseas and return to Brunei must adhere to the current procedure of being quarantined at hotels, and are not allowed to be quarantined at home.

This was announced by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during the daily press conference yesterday, in response to the recently announced Home Isolation Policy for COVID-19, its patient management based on the latest scientific methods and guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The minister said the policy allows patients under Category 1, those with no symptoms, and Category 2a, those with mild symptoms, to self-isolate at home after the assessment and confirmation from the Ministry of Health (MoH).

He continued, “The policy was introduced due to limited space available at the isolation centres, currently at 80 per cent capacity.

“It is important to understand that import and local spreads are different, and due to the current situation in the Sultanate, we are focussing our efforts on controlling the local spread.

“There are only 50 imported cases recorded since the second wave, and we believe that the policy is sufficient at this time.

“The MoH understands that these individuals might be experiencing anxiety and stress due to long periods of isolation at hotel rooms. Hopefully once the spread of the virus is controlled, we will be able to shorten the period of isolation and even allow them to be isolated in the comfort of their homes.”