Following the Ministry of Health’s media statement issued on the 30th of January 2020 on the status of the Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, the Ministry of Health informs the public that to-date, there are no cases of severe respiratory infection cases related to the 2019-nCoV detected in Brunei Darussalam.

However, the Ministry of Health with the cooperation of stakeholder government and non-government agencies will continue to ensure a high level of preparedness to make sure that the response towards 2019-nCoV infections are carried out quickly and in a proper manner.

Towards this, a number of specific measures have been implemented, such as thermal screening and use of Health Declaration Forms at entry ways into the country, capacity enhancement at the Virology Laboratory and National Isolation Centre in Tutong and implementation of the self-isolation policy for individuals who have returned to Brunei Darussalam from the People’s Republic of China.

By taking into account the development of the 2019-nCoV situation worldwide, the Ministry of Health has reviewed and updated the travel advisory for Brunei Darussalam citizens and residents issued previously as follows:

– The public is advised NOT to travel to the Hubei, Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces in the People’s Republic of China at this time. This is in view of the government of the People’s Republic of China’s lockdown order for the Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces as of the 9th of February 2020.

– The public is should also avoid from making any unnecessary travels to mainland China.

Control measures for the entry of visitors to Brunei Darussalam have also been reviewed and updated as follows:

– Any visitors from the Hubei, Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces will NOT be allowed to enter Brunei Darussalam. The prohibition is exempted for citizens and permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam.

– Brunei Darussalam citizens and permanent residents as well as long term visa holders who were in other provinces in the People’s Republic of China within 14 days before arriving in Brunei Darussalam are required to undergo self-isolation for 14 days upon arrival in the country; and

– Citizens and permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam who are currently in the People’s Republic of China regardless of province, are allowed to re-enter Brunei Darussalam. They are required to undergo 14 days of self-isolation. Meanwhile, Brunei Darussalam citizens and permanent residents who are sick and currently in the People’s Republic of China are advised to delay their return to the country and to obtain assistance from the Brunei Darussalam Embassy in the People’s Republic of China for further advice.

As a precautionary measure, the public is advised to practise good healthcare at all times:

– Avoid touching animals that are sick especially livestock and birds;

– Avoid from eating raw meat or meat that is not cooked properly;

– Avoid from being near people who are sick, unwell or showing symptoms of sickness such as high fever, cough or breathing problems;

– Maintain self-hygiene levels;

– Wash hands frequently with clean water and soap or use hand sanitizer, especially before handling food, before eating, after using the toilet or after coughing or sneezing;

– Wear face masks if you show symptoms of respiratory infection such as coughs or colds;

– Covering the mouth with tissue when coughing or sneezing and immediately throwing the tissue into the rubbish bin;

– Avoid visiting sick people if you are feeling unwell or show symptoms of infection; and

– Getting immediate medical treatment if you are unwell.

Source: Radio Television Brunei