Brunei bars citizens from travelling out of country

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, March 15: The government of Brunei has barred its citizens from travelling out of Brunei as a measure to curb the entry of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) into the country.

According to Borneo Bulletin, citizens may apply for permission to travel for urgent matters and it must be approved by the Prime Minister’s Office.

Citing Brunei’s Health Minister and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Borneo Bulletin disclosed that the travel ban applies to all citizens, permanent residents and residents in Brunei including other nationalities who hold green identification cards.

Meanwhile, the daily reported that Brunei has recorded 50 positive cases of Covid-19 including 10 new cases today.

There have been no deaths reported so far.

Last Thursday, Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) announced the temporary suspension of its flights from Brunei to Bintulu from March 15 onwards.

At the same time, the Brunei airline also announced several routes which will be suspended on different timelines in the near future with the last flight on the Brunei-Kota Kinabalu route scheduled for April 1.

These routes include Brunei-Sibu, Brunei-Kota Kinabalu, Brunei-Sandakan and Brunei-Tawau. — DayakDaily