By 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, the Prime Minister's Office informed that 'Operasi Pulih' control measures are extended by another 14 days, from Monday the 1st of November 2021 until Sunday the 14th of November 2021. The extension is a step to prepare Brunei Darussalam towards its recovery process in facing the new normals by controlling COVID-19 as well as to enable the increase of vaccination coverage of the country's population towards achieving the desired target.
Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Home Affairs said 'Operasi Pulih', which has been carried out for three weeks has shown positive and significant results since last week, in which findings from the Ministry of Health have shown that the epidemiological measurement value rate is at a stable level, with a decreasing Effective Reproductive Number (Rt) and longer doubling time. Although the daily rates of infection numbers are still high, the number of critical patients, in Categories 4 and 5, are stable and did not show any increase. The operation has also opened the opportunity for the Government of His Majesty to identify trends and real patterns of infection that require further attention. Meanwhile the National Vaccination Programme has also shown its efficacy and are on course towards achieving the target of 80 per cent by the end of 2021. The extension of 'Operasi Pulih' will also give time and space for the Government to speed up the administration of vaccines to citizens and residents, especially the extension of the vaccination programme to individuals aged 12 to 17, and at the same time further intensifying efforts in dealing with issues related to the risk of COVID-19.
Source: Radio Television Brunei