COVID-19 updates: Hari Raya Aidilfitri guidelines issued

The Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad Isham Hj Jaafar said no new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Brunei today, maintaining the national tally at 141.

The Minister of Health speaking at the daily COVID-19 press conference held at Al-‘Afiah Hall of the Ministry of Health today. (PHOTO: Rahwani Zahari)

Meanwhile, no new recovery was recorded today, bringing the maintaining the total number of recovered patients to 136. There are currently 4 active cases being treated at the National Isolation Centre (NIC) in Tutong.

  • Two patients remain in critical condition, where only one of them still requires heart / lung machine (ECMO) as well as respiratory assistance, and one case only requires respiratory assistance. Meanwhile, the rest are in a stable condition.
  • As of today, all close contacts of cases undergoing quarantine according to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) have completed the quarantine period. A total of 2,679 have completed the quarantine period and are in good health.
  • Since the emergence of COVID-19 in early January 2020, a total of 18,010 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been conducted.

MoH releases Hari Raya Aidilfitri guidelines

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has issued guidelines for the upcoming Eid celebration, as announced by the health minister today.

He said that the public are only allowed to visit immediate family members and mass gatherings should be limited to 20-30 people only, depending on the size of the house. Those with large families should limit the number of visitors by adopting a staggered visiting time schedule to avoid overcrowding.

‘Open houses/offices’ are also not allowed during the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri period.

Precautionary measures such as maintaining social/physical distancing, frequent hand washing and sanitising, as well as avoiding physical contact such as hand shaking should also be observed, added the minister.

Those who are not feeling well or display symptoms should avoid visiting or receiving guests.


Schools to re-open June 2

Public schools under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education (MoE) and Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) and private schools will re-open for physical classroom learning in phases from June 2, with safety measures and guidelines in place, as part of a de-escalation plan by the education ministry to gradually allow face-to-face learning, according to the Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman today.

Meanwhile, international schools will set their own dates respectively.

For the first phase, students sitting for public examinations will be given priority. They comprise of Year 6, Year 8, Year 10 Express, Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13 students.

The Minister of Education speaking at the daily COVID-19 press conference held at Al-‘Afiah Hall of the Ministry of Health today. (PHOTO: Rahwani Zahari)