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 and the Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah.
No new cases, no recoveries today
The Minister of Health announced no new COVID-19 cases in Brunei today. The national tally stands at 136.
- No new recoveries were recorded today. The total recovered COVID-19 patients stands at 108. There are currently 27 active cases being treated at the National Isolation Centre (NIC) in Tutong.
- Two patients remain in critical condition, requiring ventilator support. The rest of the patients are in a stable condition.
- As of today, 76 individuals are undergoing quarantine according to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and a total of 2407 have completed the quarantine period and are in good health.
- Since the emergence of COVID-19 in early January 2020, a total of 10,826 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been conducted.
One more relapsed case discharged
The Minister of Health said that another case that had recovered but re-admitted to the National Isolation Center after testing positive during a follow-up examination was allowed to return home today, following the discharge of another recurring patient earlier this week. The patient has been ordered to undergo 14-days of self-isolation. There now remains 9 recurring cases being treated at the NIC.
The eleven cases found positive again since Monday were re-admitted to the National Isolation Center for further investigation. In addition, their close family contacts were also required to undergo laboratory testing and re-quarantined for 14 days. Results of the tests that have been conducted among the close family contacts were all found to be negative.
Foreign visitors to Brunei to bear COVID-19 test costs
The Minister of Health today announced that starting today, all foreign visitors entering Brunei must bear the cost of COVID-19 tests, which is at BND1,000 per individual.
Costs of the 14-day self-isolation at designated government quarantine facilities will also be borne by foreigners entering Brunei, as announced earlier this month.
‘Community for Brunei’ virtual market platform to launch
The Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II today announced that a virtual market platform called ‘Community for Brunei’ will be launched soon.
He said the objective of the platform is to gather the community to help Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) affected by the pandemic. The platform will enable businesses to offer their products online and the public to purchase products online through digital payment methods.
He further shared that the ‘Community for Brunei’ project will launch and other initiative called the Community Project for COVID-19, which will keep the public informed on the essential needs of health frontliners that they can donate to avoid wastage.
Over BND 6 Million collected for COVID-19 Relief Fund
The Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and the Minister of Finance and Economy II today shared that a total of BND6,200,909.15 has been collected through the COVID-19 Relief Fund so far.
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