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.
No new cases today, 5 more recoveries
The Minister of Health announced no new COVID-19 case in Brunei today, after reporting one new case on Friday. The national tally stands at 136.
- A further 5 patients at the National Isolation Centre (NIC) in Tutong were discharged, bringing total number of people recovered to 104. There are now 31 active cases.
- Two patients remain in critical condition, requiring ventilator support. The rest of the patients are in a stable condition.
- As of today, 75 individuals are still undergoing quarantine according to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and a total of 2317 have completed the quarantine period and are in good health.
- Since the emergence of COVID-19 in early January 2020, a total of 9637 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been conducted.
No “reset” of 28-day review of no new cases
Case 136, a 28-year old local student who returned to Brunei from Indonesia via Malaysia reported on Friday was imported and went for isolation upon arrival at a government isolation facility, so there is no “reset” of the 28-day review to ease COVID-19 restrictions since April 5, according to the Minister of Health.
The minister, responding to a question from the media at his daily press briefing today said that the review will only be “reset” when there is a COVID-19 transmission from the patient to another in Brunei.
Virus threat still imminent, maintain preventive measures
Even though there is no new COVID-19 case being reported in Brunei today, the Minister of Health reiterated the need for the public to continue to carry out their social responsibilities and take preventive measures. “The public is also reminded to always practice physical distancing and to comply to the current mass gathering restrictions, as stipulated under the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204). In this regard, in performing physical activities and sports such as in stadiums or recreational areas, it is important to practice physical distancing and avoid gatherings either before, during or after performing physical activities or sports,”
He said that all of these measures are being implemented solely to ensure that the COVID-19 outbreak can continue to be controlled while ensuring the safety and well-being of the people living in this country. “We all want the situation to recover as quickly as possible but it will be difficult to achieve without the cooperation of all parties, from all walks of life, regardless of background or age. Our country is still under threat from the virus entering into our country from abroad and the risk of the virus spreading is still high.”
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