MoH introduces coronavirus self-isolation policy

Izah Azahari

In response to the emerging novel coronavirus outbreak, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has introduced a self-isolation policy for individuals who have returned, or are returning to Brunei, from the People’s Republic of China.

The policy requires all individuals, who were in China for 14 days before their arrival in Brunei and who have been permitted entry into the Sultanate, to undergo 14 days of self-isolation.

It also requires Bruneian citizens and permanent residents, who are currently in China (regardless of the territory) and who are allowed entry into Brunei, to undergo 14 days of self-isolation.

Any Brunei citizen or permanent resident in China is advised to postpone their return to the country and to seek the assistance of the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Beijing. On arrival in Brunei, they should notify the duty personnel at the Health Port counter that they have just arrived from China.

Forms will be provided to them to fill out, together with information to assist them during the self-isolation period.

The public is also advised not to visit China and to postpone non-essential trips to prevent the spread of the virus into this country.

Under Chapter 204 of the Infectious Diseases Act, individuals who meet the criteria for self-isolation are required to avoid all public activities, and to monitor their health for 14 days from their date of return to Brunei.

In a statement, the MoH said, “The public is advised not to worry or panic over the situation. This policy of self-isolation has been introduced to ensure the health and well-being of affected individuals, and to protect the public.

“The MoH is calling on members of the public, employers and other stakeholders to cooperate in the implementation of this policy.”

To find out more on the self-isolation policy, visit the MoH website at www.moh.gov.bn, or contact the Disease Control Division by email at [email protected] or by phone at 2380316/2380318.