COVID-19 updates in Brunei – March 31


Highlights from today’s press conference 

Here are highlights from today’s press conference at the Ministry of Health (MoH) with the Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Jaafar.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar speaking at the press conference held at the Al-Afiah Hall of the Ministry of Health today. (PHOTO: BAHIYAH BAKIR)


  • The Ministry of Health confirmed 2 new positive COVID-19 cases in the country today, bringing the total number of cases to 129.
  • Case 128, aged 36 years old is the wife of Case 111. She does not have travel history.
  • Case 129, aged 25 years old returned from Phuket, Thailand on March 20.
  • 7 more cases treated at the National Isolation Centre have recovered and allowed to return home, bringing total number of people recovered to 45.
  • Three patients are in critical condition, requiring ventilator support while one patient requires intensive care. The rest are in a stable condition.
  • As of today, as many as 854 individuals are undergoing quarantine according to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and a total of 1424 have completed the quarantine period and are in good health.
  • Since the emergence of COVID-19 in early January 2020, a total of 6241 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been conducted.

Gym owner fined for blatant disregard of MoH orders

A 55 year old local man was ordered to settle a fine of BND5,500 by the Magistrate’s Court today after he pleaded guilty to a charge under section 62A(2) of the Infectious Diseases Act, Chapter 204.

Harun bin Haji Ahmad, owner of Harun’s Gym in Batu Bersurat, would have to serve a month’s jail in default of payment.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Siti Khalilah Hussin revealed in court how the offence was unearthed by the Royal Brunei Police Force after receiving information from a concerned member of the public.

The police conducted their investigations which then revealed that the defendant continued to operate his gym as usual, opening it daily to the public from 6 am to 10.30 pm on March 26, 2020, in contravention to the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) order issued on March 19, 2020 requiring all gyms and fitness centres to be closed.

The Police also discovered a daily log book recording the entry of users between March 19 and 26, 2020.

The defendant admits knowing about the orders.

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