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    Stay-at-home order extended by two weeks

    Azlan Othman

    An instruction to stay at home from 10pm to 4am has been extended for an additional two weeks from December 1 until December 14, Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong said during the daily press conference yesterday.

    The minister said, with the consent of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, taking into account the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to further assess the impact of the Transition Phase, which commenced on November 19, the COVID-19 Steering Committee announced the extension of the measure.

    The extension is to continue to ensure the welfare of all parties is guarded, said the minister.

    The public is also urged to comply with the rules and regulations set by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19.

    In preparation towards the Endemic Phase, individuals who have not completed their vaccination schedule are allowed to return to work at the office starting December 1, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar said.

    However, they are required to undergo antigen rapid testing (ART) every two days.

    For staff who have received one dose of the vaccine and are still waiting to receive their second dose or exempted from the COVID-19 vaccine due to health problems, ART expenses will be borne by the employer.

    Meanwhile, the minister said, staff who are not vaccinated of their own accord or due to personal reasons, will have to bear the expenses of the ART kit.

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