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.
The Minister of Health confirms no new COVID-19 cases in Brunei today. The national tally stands at 138.
No new recoveries were reported today, maintaining the total recovery numbers at 124. There are currently 13 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, 66 individuals are undergoing quarantine according to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and a total of 2,509 have completed the quarantine period and are in good health.
- Since the emergence of COVID-19 in early January 2020, a total of 13,580 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been conducted.
No new relapsed cases
With regard to the cases that have recovered but found to be positive again during follow-up examination, the Minister of Health informed that there is no case that have re-tested positive today. Meanwhile, one such case has been allowed to return home. This brings the total number of relapse cases as of today to 22 individuals, of which 6 individuals are still undergoing further examination and testing.
No cases detected in random COVID-19 tests for foreign workers
As of April 29, a total of 4,310 random COVID-19 tests for surveillance purposes were conducted among foreign workers and those present for treatment at Health Centers whose results were all negative, according to the Minister of Health.
The Minister of Health reminds the public to continue to carry out their social responsibilities and to apply preventive measures especially when making purchases of food, beverage and other items in restaurants, supermarkets, markets and grocery stores. “It is especially important to always practice physical distancing as previously emphasised and not to visit one location in large crowds,”
In addition, he said business and restaurant owners are advised to take precautionary measures to avoid overcrowding or mass gathering situations at or around the premises. “Some of the steps that can be taken are for example, to provide an appropriate waiting area with physical distancing measures in place or to deliver the items to the customer’s car without requiring the customer to wait inside the venue or around the premises. This is in addition to other possible methods such as drive-thru, home delivery or self-pick up.”