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 of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awang Othman.
No new cases today, 1 more recovery
The Minister of Health announced no new COVID-19 case in Brunei today. The national tally stands at 136.
- 1 more patient at the National Isolation Centre (NIC) in Tutong has been discharged, bringing total number of people recovered to 107. There are now 28 active cases.
- Two patients remain in critical condition, requiring ventilator support. The rest of the patients are in a stable condition.
- As of today, 112 individuals are undergoing quarantine according to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and a total of 2369 have completed the quarantine period and are in good health.
- Since the emergence of COVID-19 in early January 2020, a total of 10,167 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been conducted.
7 more discharged patients tested positive again
Following the emergence of a relapse COVID-19 case on a patient last Sunday, the Minister of Health today said that their surveillance uncovered another 7 recovered cases testing positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus again, which brings the total to 8 cases. All of them have been referred to the National Isolation Center for further investigation. In addition, their immediate family contacts are also required to undergo laboratory testing and quarantine for 14 days. “This action is taken as a precautionary measure while further investigation is conducted and more information on the infection is obtained,” the Minister said.
Explaining further on the relapse cases, the minister said that much remains to be known about the new coronavirus that appeared in January this year. “The Ministry of Health is in cooperation with several countries in the region to better understand the profile and features of the infection, including the method of infection, how long the virus can last in the human body and whether a person who has been cured can be infected again or can infect others if the virus is still detectable,” he said.
Scenarios in which patients who have recovered and tested positive has also been reported in several countries such as the People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Malaysia.
Mosques, suraus and prayer halls closure extended
The Minister of Religious Affairs said that the closure of all mosques, suraus and prayer halls across the country since Mar 17 will be extended for another week until April 20, as a measure to safe guard public health amid the COVID-19 outbreak. This will be the fifth week of the measure, that has been in place after discussions within the Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB) and with the consent of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izaddin Waddaulah ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
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