The Early Endemic Phase has been extended for one month, starting 15 January until 14 February 2022, announced the Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy in a press briefing.
The stay-at-home directive implemented during “Operasi Peralihan” is also extended until 14 February 2022 but shortened from 12am to 4am.
“This would enable businesses to help improve the economy and enhance the well-being of all, whilst ensuring that the COVID-19 situation remains under control,” said YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew.
The extension of the Early Endemic Phase is made in consideration of the recent rise in COVID-19 infections, added the minister.
In relation to this, the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam will continue to monitor the spread of the virus and will do its utmost best to ensure that the appropriate measures are taken in the interest of the safety of the country’s citizens and residents.
The minister further said that the extension also allows more time for the Government to ensure that infection cases as well as bed occupancy rates at isolation centres remain low; for the coverage of vaccine booster doses to increase; and subsequently for the provision of vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11 years.
“The Government is also grateful to the public for their receptiveness to the booster dose vaccination. This is made possible with the cooperation of all parties, especially the citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam, who have worked together in complying with health guidelines, including their continued support to the Government’s efforts in jointly shouldering their respective responsibilities,” he said.
YB Dato Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew added: “On this note, the Government once again extends its appreciation to all for their collective efforts during the second wave of the COVID-19 in the country.”
The minister reminded the public not to be complacent and to continue to adhere to SOPs, such as physical distancing, ensuring venue capacity limits, the wearing of facemasks, maintaining cleanliness, and mandatory use of the BruHealth mobile application.
Meanwhile, the use of ART prior to entering premises is encouraged. In addition, for those who have not been vaccinated or have not completed their vaccinations yet, it is advisable to do so immediately to preserve the safety, security, and well-being of our nation.
“Therefore, we must continue to pray, work together, and have faith in Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala that we will be safe from the COVID-19 pandemic. Amin ya rabbal ‘alamin,” concluded the minister.
THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN