The COVID-19 Case

A total of 93,865 COVID-19 cases are reported worldwide, as of today. Majority of the number, 80,409 cases were reported in the People's Republic of China. 156 cases were reported outside Mainland China namely Hong Kong with 104 cases and 3 deaths; Macao - 10 cases and Taiwan with 42 cases and one death. The Ministry of Health in a media statement stated that since the 22nd of February, significant increases were recorded at countries outside the People's Republic of China. A total of 13,302 COVID-19 cases and 266 deaths were recorded in 77 countries worldwide. Following that, the Ministry of Health is reviewing the risk assessment for the affected countries by considering the infection profile and its transmission as well as local conditions. In this relation, any visitors who were in the Islamic Republic of Iran and Italy within 14 days of arriving in Brunei Darussalam are not allowed to enter the country. This include for the purpose of transit. The measure is similar to the current measure for visitors arriving from Hubei, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces in the People's Republic of China, with the exception of citizens and permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam.

As of yesterday, all the countries affected by COVID-19 epidemic were divided into four categories.

Category A - Countries showing sustained spread of infection. Includes: Mainland China, Italy, Islamic Republic of

Iran, Republic of Korea.

Category B - Countries showing limited infection but large-scale clusters have been reported. Includes: France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Singapore.

Category C - Countries showing local spread of infection. Includes: Macao SAR, Malaysia (excluding Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan), Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam.

Category D - Countries that report isolated cases or imported cases. Includes: Other countries that are affected.

Category A -

Countries showing sustained spread of infection.

Includes: Mainland China, Italy, Islamic Republic of

Iran, Republic of Korea.

Category B -

Countries showing limited infection but large-scale clusters have been reported.

Includes: France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Japan,

Singapore.

Category C -

Countries showing local spread of infection.

Includes: Macao SAR, Malaysia (excluding Sabah,

Sarawak and Labuan), Taiwan, Thailand, United

Kingdom, United States of America, Viet Nam.

Category D -

Countries that report isolated cases or imported cases.

Includes: Other countries that are affected

The public are advised to avoid unnecessary trips to countries listed under Category A, B and C. The public are also advised to avoid overseas trips during the upcoming school term holiday. Those who will be going on overseas trip are advised to take precautionary measures and to always prioritise self-hygiene to avoid the risk of infection. This is particularly to the high risk individuals such as those with chronic diseases and senior citizens.

For citizens and permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam returning from the countries listed in Category A, they are required to undergo self-isolation at home for 14 days upon arrival. Whereas individuals arriving from countries listed in Category B and Category C are required to undergo self-monitoring without having to self-isolate themselves from others. The Ministry of Health will continue to update the list of countries in all categories from time to time. For latest information, contact Health Advice Line at 2381380 and 2381383 during office hours or at Talian Darussalam 123 outside office hours. The public may also visit the Ministry of Health's website at 'www.moh.gov.bn/sitepages/covid.aspx'.

To date, no cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome related to COVID-19 are detected in the country. The Ministry of Healthy continues to maintain a high level of preparedness and working alongside the World Health Organization (W.H.O) and neighbouring countries to control this situation. In this regard, the public is advised to continue to remain calm and to not panic. The Ministry of Health, from time to time, will endeavour to update the public on any current developments and measures being implemented in the country.

Source: Radio Television Brunei