JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, reports that three Indonesian citizens in the sultanate country have been tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Conakry Marsono, Coordinator of the Socio-Cultural Function at the Indonesian Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan, said on Tuesday (3/24/2020) that since the confirmation of the first case of COVID-19 On March 9 in the neighboring country, the three Indonesian citizens became the first three cases of Indonesian citizens who were confirmed positive to be exposed to COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam.
The three Indonesian citizens are currently being treated at the National Isolation Center in Tutong, and are in good and stable condition.
In accordance with the Brunei Infectious Diseases Act, the government of the sultanate country will cover the costs of treating all cases of COVID-19 sufferers, whether they are local residents or foreign nationals. The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Bandar Seri Begawan will continue to monitor their health condition and coordinate with the authorities regarding the handling of the three Indonesian citizens.
In line with the Titah of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah on March 21, the Indonesian Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan appealed to all Indonesian communities in Brunei Darussalam not to panic, increase vigilance, and continue to comply with COVID-19 mitigation and prevention guidelines.
A number of things that should be obeyed are avoiding crowded crowds and areas, both official and unofficial, using masks and using germ-killing liquid, and increasing prayers. So far there are around 40,000 Indonesian citizens living in Brunei Darussalam.
Furthermore, the Indonesian Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan conveyed to all Indonesian citizens to postpone their planned departure to Brunei Darussalam. Starting March 24, 2020, all foreign nationals are not permitted to enter Brunei Darussalam until a later date.
If you need assistance, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Brunei Darussalam can be contacted at +673 710 9542 or +673 233 0180. The Ministry of Health of Brunei Darussalam also states, if you have respiratory illness symptoms and a history of travel to COVID-19 affected countries can call the special health service number about COVID-19, at number 148.
As reported by Antara, the Indonesian Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan also invited all Indonesian communities in Brunei Darussalam to offer prayers to God Almighty for the healing of Indonesian citizens exposed to COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam and in Indonesia.