24,689 slots booked for Friday prayers

Izah Azahari

A total of 24,689 individuals have booked slots for the Friday prayers on May 29, through the BruHealth application.

Thirty-three mosques recorded over 50 per cent of the capacity allowed, while 11 mosques recorded over 80 per cent, since registration was opened to the public last Monday.

At a press conference at the Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah said, “This is a great achievement that shows a wide usage of the BruHealth application by the public.”

He added, “With many still unable to download the application because they are using older versions of Android and iOS, several efforts have been implemented so that they can book slots at mosques, such as using the www.healthinfo.gov.bn web app and registering personal information there.

“Through the webpage, users can register to perform the Friday prayers in the tab provided and select the mosque of their choice. A QR code will then be displayed to indicate the receipt for the Friday prayers.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI

“The QR code obtained through the BruHealth or web app must be shown before entering the mosque.”

Users are reminded to do a daily self-assessment, before and after the Friday prayers.”

The minister also said those at high risk as identified through the BruHealth application – including children below the age of 15 and women – are exempt from participating in the Friday prayers at mosques during this early phase.

“Anyone who fails to make a slot reservation for the Friday prayers for health reasons, or did not obtain a slot for the Friday prayers, is advised to not attend to reduce congestion in the mosque area,” he said.

“We are pleased to announce that in the next phase, the government will provide more ways to mitigate this application, especially those requiring social engagement, such as in educational institutions. This is in line with the de-escalation steps according to the phases
in the plan.

“This is the reality of the new normal that the people of Brunei need to adapt and adopt. A whole-of-nation approach is needed to overcome this through the adoption of QR code scanning upon entering and exiting premises, for the mutual benefit of keeping the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak under control in Brunei Darussalam.

“Brunei has managed to flatten the curve thus far through continuous efforts. With the introduction of measures to address and overcome the COVID-19 pandemic by the government, as well as strong support from all parties, the people of Brunei will be able to continue their daily lives in safety and protection from the outbreak.”