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 at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah.
The Minister of Health confirms no new COVID-19 cases in Brunei today. The national tally stands at 138.
One more recovery was reported today, bringing the total number of discharged patients to 131. There are currently 6 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, 24 individuals are undergoing quarantine according to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and a total of 2,551 have completed the quarantine period and are in good health.
- Since the emergence of COVID-19 in early January 2020, a total of 14,610 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 Ministry of Health informed that there is no case that have re-tested positive today, meanwhile the only remaining relapse case has been allowed to return home following further tests. This brings the total number of such cases as of today to 22 individuals.
Cross-border transport operators and ‘runner’ services guidelines updated
In Brunei’s effort to ensure no disruption in movement of goods, economic activities and supply chain amid border restrictions currently still in place, the Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and Minister of Finance and Economy II today outlined newly updated guidelines that would also help minimise the impact to small businesses operating cross-border pick-up and delivery services.
Transport operators and ‘runners’ must apply for outbound travel permission from the PMO by downloading the from from their website and are required to fill in a job order sheet for every journey.
To protect the country from imported cases, among the strict guidelines outlined by the Brunei Government include point-to-point transportation only with no transit and the issuance of the iMSafe tracking bracelets to transport operators.
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