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Travellers Advisory on the 2019 Coronavirus (covid-19)
11 February 2020
As part of the national response to the ongoing 2019 Coronavirus (covid-19) situation affecting parts of the People's Republic of China and several other countries, the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam have implemented measures, such as:
In the above regard, the Ministry of Health of Brunei Darussalam also recommends suspending all travel to the provinces of Hubei, Zhejiang and Jiangsu in the People's Republic of China in light of the additional travel lockdown in the provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu beginning 9 February 2020. Members of the public are also advised to refrain from any non-essential travel to the People's Republic of China.
Additionally, the following measures to control incoming visitors to Brunei Darussalam have been reviewed and are implemented as follows:
All of the additional measures above are on a temporary basis and will be reviewed from time to time.
As a precautionary measure, members of the public are reminded to maintain the following good practices at all times:
Regarding the use of face masks, the Ministry of Health would like to share the correct way of using it. There are various types of masks available in the market including surgical face masks, paper masks and cloth masks. However, only surgical face masks are recommended for use in preventing respiratory infections. The correct procedure for wearing surgical face masks are as follows:
Step One Cover your mouth and nose with the surgical face mask and ensure the inner white layer is facing your mouth and the outer (blue or green) layer is facing outwards. Attach the straps to the back of the ears and make sure there is no space between your face and the surgical face mask.
Step Two Do not touch the surgical face mask when you are using it.
Step Three Remove the surgical face mask by using the right technique – do not touch the outside of the surgical face mask and remove the straps from the back of the ears.
Step Four After removing or touching the used surgical face mask, wash your hands with water and soap or with a hand sanitizer.
The Ministry of Health of Brunei Darussalam continues to maintain high vigilance, working alongside the World Health Organization (WHO) and neighbouring countries to control the Coronavirus (covid-19) infection 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 endeavor to update the public on any current developments and measures being implemented in the country. Members of the public are advised to keep up-to-date with the latest and accurate information on the Coronavirus (covid-19) infection in Brunei Darussalam from trusted sources, especially only from the Ministry of Health Brunei Darussalam. The public are advised not to be easily deceived and believe information or news spread via the internet or other media platforms such as WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook without first verifying the information.
For further information, members of the public in Brunei Darussalam can contact Talian Darussalam 123 (24 hours) or visit the Ministry of Health's website at http://www.moh.gov.bn/SitePages/2019nCoV.aspx for further updates.
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