COVID-19 live updates: Brunei shuts borders to all foreigners from March 24

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COVID-19 live updates: Brunei shuts borders to all foreigners from March 24

Post by Red Fox » Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:38 am

Brunei extends mosque closures for another week. Mosques, surau and prayer halls will remain closed for another week to stem the spread of COVID-19, the religious affairs minister said on Monday.

YB Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awg Othman said the decision to extend the closure was taken as a precautionary measure to avoid danger or harm that can be detrimental to the well-being of people.

The closure, which started on March 17, will continue until March 30 following a review by the Brunei Islamic Religious Council.
The minister added that the call to prayer will continue and mosque officers will remain on duty.

Cleaning and disinfection at mosques and other places of worship will continue to be carried out during the closure.

He said prayer and zikir texts have been distributed and broadcasted through the media, radio and television to make it easy for people to recite.

The Brunei Islamic Religious Council will review whether there is a need to further extend the closure again.

Brunei shuts borders to all foreigners from March 24
8.27pm | March 23, 2020

All foreigners will not be allowed to enter Brunei from Tuesday to reduce the number of imported COVID-19 cases, the home affairs minister announced in a press conference.

YB Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Abu Bakar Hj Apong said the travel ban includes foreign transit passengers.

The ministry has halted the issuance of visitor visas, student visas and dependent visas, and will not process applications the Department of Immigration and National Registration received before the suspension.

The temporary suspension also applies to authorisation letters on visitor visas, students visas and dependent visas issued by the department as well as foreign embassies and high commissions.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Abu Bakar urged foreigners who have been granted re-entry visas, visitor visas, student visas and dependent visas to defer their travel to Brunei if they are still in their home country.

He said the Department of Immigration and National Registration may give special consideration to specific applications, subject to “matters of national interest”.

Applications that require special consideration may be downloaded from the department’s website and emailed to info@immigration.gov.bn.

Further information on the travel ban can be directed to the department by calling 2383106.

Three more cases reported, total reaches 91
6.55pm | March 23, 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases has reached 91 after the Ministry of Health on Monday confirmed that another three people have contracted the coronavirus.

In a daily press briefing, Health Minister YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad Isham Hj Jaafar said two of the new cases had contact with a confirmed carrier of the virus.

The third case recently travelled to Surabaya with family and friends, returning through Royal Brunei Airlines flight BI796 on March 20.

The minister said one patient remains in critical condition and three require close monitoring.

A total of 1,634 people are placed in quarantine, while 282 have been released from their quarantine.

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