No new COVID-19 cases reported for three consecutive days

Azlan Othman

Brunei Darussalam recorded no new cases of COVID-19 for three consecutive days.

This was shared by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at a press conference at the Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Brunei Darussalam remains at 135, said the minister. He said three cases at the National Isolation Centre have recovered and were allowed to return home, bringing the total number of recovered cases so far to 85.

“From the total number of recoveries, 74 are adults and 11 are children below the age of 12, including the youngest case reported in the country at six months old. With that, cases involving children below the age of 12 have all recovered and allowed to return home.”

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham added that 49 cases are still undergoing treatment at the National Isolation Centre. Of the 49, two are still in a critical condition and one requires the assistance of a heart-lung machine (ECMO). One patient is under close observation and the rest are in a stable condition.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS

Meanwhile, 2,237 individuals have completed their quarantine in accordance to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) with only 138 individuals still under quarantine.

The minister said in the past 24 hours, 184 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the virus that causes the COVID-19, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted as of today to 8,445 since January 2020.

He also reminded that the spread of the COVID-19 infection has not ended, and urged the public to continue to abide by the precautionary measures to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.

The public is also advised to practise social or physical distancing while going to shopping centres, markets and retail stores and public places, not to spend too much time when making purchases and to avoid crowded areas or places.

The minister reemphasised on the importance of avoiding mass gathering at any premises that may be an offence under the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204), where failure to comply with the directive and if convicted, could result in fines of not exceeding BND10,000 or imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.

For people who are unwell, it is advisable not to leave the house and to always use a facemask, especially when need to leave home and to immediately seek medical treatment.

The minister also reminded the public to maintain personal hygiene, regularly wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitisers, as well as to practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette.

The Ministry of Health also informed foreigners coming to Brunei Darussalam to comply with the regulations stipulated, including the mandatory self-isolation for 14 days at the dedicated facilities identified by the government, and fully bearing the cost of payment of the self-isolation.

Information and updates are available on the official MoH website at www.moh.gov.bn, by contacting the Health Advice Line 148 (operating 24-hours) or through the web application healthinfo.gov.bn.