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6 February 2020 – Directives and Updates from Ministry of Health, Brunei Darussalam

6 February 2020, 6:41 오후

Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) is closely monitoring the development of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China with directives and latest updates from Ministry of Health Brunei Darussalam.

Travel Advisory

The World Health Organization (W.H.O) does not recommend any trade or travel restrictions to affected areas or any specific measures for travelers. Nonetheless, as a precautionary measure, members of the public are reminded to maintain the following good practices at all times:

  • Avoid contact with sick live animals including poultry and birds, and consumption of raw and undercooked meats;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness;
  • Observe good personal hygiene;
  • Practise frequent hand washing with soap (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing);
  • Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose;
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately; and
  • Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell.

Self-Isolation Policy

  1. As part of the national response to the ongoing 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019- nCov) event affecting parts of the People’s Republic of China and several other countries, the Ministry of Health has introduced a self-isolation policy for individuals who have returned or are returning to Brunei Darussalam from the People’s Republic of China.
  2. The policy contains the following:
  • Firstly: Anyone who has been in the People’s Republic of China for 14 days before arriving in Brunei Darussalam and allowed to enter the country will be required to undergo self-isolation for 14 days;
  • Secondly: Citizens or permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam who are in the People’s Republic of China (regardless of province) are allowed to return to Brunei Darussalam. They will be required to undergo self-isolation for 14 days. On this matter, any citizen or permanent resident of Brunei Darussalam who are in the People’s Republic of China and are sick or unwell, is advised to postpone their return to this country and is also advised to seek the assistance of the Brunei Darussalam Embassy in the People’s Republic of China for further advice; and
  • Thirdly: Upon their arrival in Brunei Darussalam, they should first report to the Port Health Office at the relevant point of entry, and inform the health officers on duty that they have just arrived from the People’s Republic of China. Forms to be filled will be given and information to guide the individual during this self-isolation period will be provided.

3. At the same time, members of the public are advised to not visit the People’s Republic of China and postpone any trips of non-importance to the People’s Republic of China. This is to control the entry of the disease into Brunei Darussalam, which has been known to have human to human transmission.

4. The individuals who meet the self-isolation criteria, are obliged, under the Infectious Disease Act, Cap. 204, to refrain from any public activities, and to monitor their health for 14 days from the date of arrival back in Brunei Darussalam.

5. During the self-isolation period, the individuals concerned should carefully monitor their health. They must seek immediate health advice and proceed to the nearest Health Centre if they develop symptoms of fever, or respiratory symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath during the self-isolation period.

6. Ministry of Health advises the public not to be alarmed or panic regarding this situation. The self-isolation policy has been introduced in order to ensure the health and wellbeing of the affected individual and the general public at large. The Ministry strongly urges the cooperation of all members of the public, employers, and other stakeholders in the implementation of this policy.

7. Further information on the self-isolation policy can be found in the Ministry of Health website at www.moh.gov.bn or public may contact the Disease Control Division by email at [email protected] or by telephone on +(673)2380316 / +(673)2380318

In line with our Ministry of Health requirements following are the measurers taken on board Royal Brunei Airlines flight.

Airline crew are obliged to report travellers with:

  • fever (gives a history of feeling feverish, or has an actual measured temperature of 38° C or higher), or
  • persistent cough or difficulty breathing, or
  • Appears obviously unwell

MOH recommends the following measures for cabin crew to protect themselves, manage a sick traveller, clean contaminated areas, and take actions after a flight:

  • Practice routine handwashing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after assisting sick travellers or touching potentially contaminated body fluids or surfaces.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available.
  • Identify sick travellers who meet the above description.
  • Minimize contact between passengers and cabin crew and the sick person. If possible, separate the sick person from others (2 meters is ideal) and designate one crew member to serve the ill person to avoid additional exposure.
  • Offer a facemask, if available and if the sick person can tolerate it. If a facemask is not available or cannot be tolerated, ask the sick person to cover their mouth and nose with tissues when coughing or sneezing.
  • Treat all body fluids (such as respiratory secretions, diarrhea, vomit, or blood) as if they are infectious.
  • Wear disposable gloves when tending to a sick traveler or touching body fluids or potentially contaminated surfaces. Remove gloves carefully to avoid contaminating yourself, then wash hands.
  • Properly dispose of gloves and other disposable items that came in contact with the sick person or body fluids in biohazard bag or a secured plastic bag labeled as ‘biohazard.’
  • Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces according to airline protocol.
  • After arrival, MOH staff will conduct a health assessment of the sick traveler’s symptoms and possible exposures. If necessary, MOH will coordinate transport to a health care facility for medical evaluation and testing. MOH will update the airline about the results of the testing and any need for follow-up of exposed crew members or passengers.

The safety of our crew and guests is our highest priority. We are working closely with the authorities to take measure to minimise the spread of the virus.