Two Bruneians in Wuhan to be evacuated

Azlan Othman

The Government 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 will send a flight today to Wuhan to bring back two Bruneians in a joint effort with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Royal Brunei Airlines (RB).

The flight will comprise two medical officers from the Ministry of Health, and four RB crew members.

Precautionary measures will be taken for the safe return of those on board. The departure is pending approval from the Chinese Government.

The Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Beijing has also been in constant communication with the two Bruneians, a student and a tourist to ensure their well-being.

In light of the current development and the concern of the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Government of His Majesty is making every effort to ensure the welfare, health and safety of its citizens in the country and overseas.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Beijing has been working with the Chinese Government and stakeholders in Brunei Darussalam to ensure appropriate measures are implemented.

Earlier, 73 registered students in the People’s Republic of China, under the Chinese Scholarship Council, One Belt One Road Scholarship and Hengyi Scholarship, safely returned to Brunei Darussalam and are reportedly healthy and free from the virus.