COVID-19 updates: No new cases today; no new recoveries

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 Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr.) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong.

The Minister of Health and the Minister of Home Affairs at the daily COVID-19 press conference held at Al-‘Afiah Hall of the Ministry of Health today. (PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI)

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 13,263 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been conducted.

No new relapsed cases

The Minister of Health informed no new recovered patients re-testing positive for COVID-19 were reported today.

He added that one individual who re-tested positive for the virus has been allowed to return home. This maintains the total number of such cases as of today  at 21 individuals, of which 7 individuals are still undergoing further examination and testing.


Drive-thru Gerai Ramadhan from May 1 
With the restrictions in place for Ramadhan bazaars or Gerai to operate this year as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Minister of Home Affairs today shared that a drive-thru-based Gerai Ramadhan via pre-order and pick-up method will begin for food and beverage vendors at a few locations at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on May 1.

It is however only open to vendors or businesses using food trucks. Those interested to become vendors can contact the Department of Youth and Sports of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports for further details.

Meanwhile, businesses under the jurisdiction of District Offices and Municipalities who would like to offer drive-thru services at their own business premises can also make their applications through their respective district office or municipality.


Home-based F&B businesses allowed to continue operations

Responding to a question from the media, the Minister of Home Affairs said that home-based food and beverage (F&B) businesses are still allowed to operate for take-away services amid the COVID-19 outbreak.


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