Brunei Locks Down after First Local COVID-19 Case in 15 Months

Brunei enforced stringent controls to stop its spread after discovering the first locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in the country in over a year.

The health ministry said on Saturday that seven community illnesses had been discovered, prompting the government to suspend all places of worship and postpone social gatherings for two weeks.

Mass activities were likewise confined to groups of 30 people during this time since school sessions were transferred online and restaurants were prohibited from serving dine-in customers.

Brunei has largely remained COVID-19 free, reporting only three deaths since the pandemic began.

More than half of the virus’ 347 illnesses have been imported, with strict border controls and quarantine procedures that limited the virus’ spread.

The country has also gradually increased its immunization rate, with approximately 32% of its 450,000 inhabitants receiving at least one vaccination.

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