BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – Eleven students living in Brunei Hall have tested positive for COVID-19, the education ministry (MoE) disclosed on Monday.
Three students showing minor symptoms are being treated for the virus, MoE said in a statement, while the rest are reported to be in good health.
The ministry said the Brunei Hall building — which is located in west London and hosts over 100 students — will be closed immediately while authorities carry out contact tracing and impose other health controls.
All residential students have been swabbed for COVID-19 and ordered to isolate in their rooms. A total of 31 students have already completed a period of self-isolation.
The statement did not reveal when the first case of COVID-19 was detected at Brunei Hall.
England is still in the midst of a third lockdown after coronavirus cases surged late last year due to a new variant found in the UK.
People have been ordered to stay at home and go out only with “reasonable excuse”. Household mixing is banned and non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues will remain closed until restrictions are lifted.
Schools will remain closed until March, while universities are conducting most classes online.
Brunei has put a hold on the return of scholarship students to the UK until the situation has improved.
The UK reported 9,765 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, down from a peak of 68,053 new cases on January 8.