Limbang COVID-19 case’s Brunei contacts tested negative

Izah Azahari

With a recent viral message concerning a new COVID-19 case in Limbang that stated a patient was found to be positive after the 10th day of quarantine following return from Brunei Darussalam, Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar assured that tests for the patient’s contact were carried out and the results were negative.

“It does not seem they went out much, but we need to carry out further investigation just in case there are other contacts we missed,” the minister told a press conference yesterday.

As the ministry is still unsure where the patient contracted the virus, the minister said further discussions need to be held with counterparts in Limbang and Miri along with further contact tracing and interviews with the patient.

The minister added that travel restrictions are in place for Brunei citizens and as the patient, a Malaysian is not restricted from doing so.

With the emergence of this case from Limbang, the minister believes that lifting restrictions should be assessed carefully as several factors need to be taken into account. The minister said even without this case in Limbang, the public should still be cautious.

“As I mentioned yesterday, we still need to practise physical distancing and we should be more cautious about our cleanliness, washing our hands and so on,” said the minister. “Lifting restrictions does not mean that all these precautions will be gone. I think we should be even more vigilant then.”