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 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 COVID-19 cases for third consecutive day
The Minister of Health announced that no new COVID-19 cases were recorded today, marking Brunei’s third consecutive day without any new cases since the first case was reported here on March 9. The Minister however cautioned that the spread of the disease has not ended. “The public is required to continue to abide to all the precautionary measures in order to further reduce the risk of spreading the infection and to practice all the advices and recommendations released by the Ministry of Health. This includes measures such as practising social or physical distancing especially while going to shopping centres, the markets and tamu, and retail stores; do not spend too much time making purchases and avoid going into crowded areas or places.”
He also re-emphasised on the importance of avoiding mass gathering. This includes avoiding gatherings at any premises that may be an offence under the Infectious Disease Act (Chapter 204), where failure to comply with the directive and if convicted, could result in fines of not exceeding BND10,000.00 or imprisonment of not more than 6 months, or both.
- A further 3 patients at the National Isolation Centre (NIC) in Tutong have been discharged, bringing total number of people recovered to 85. There are now 49 active cases.
- Two patients remain in critical condition, with one of them requiring ventilator support while one patient requires intensive care. The rest are in a stable condition.
- As of today, as many as 138 individuals are still undergoing quarantine according to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and a total of 2237 have completed the quarantine period and are in good health.
- Since the emergence of COVID-19 in early January 2020, a total of 8445 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been conducted.
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