Nationwide survey to assess COVID-19 community spread

Syazwani Hj Rosli

The Ministry of Health (MoH) will launch a nationwide survey from tomorrow to extend COVID-19 surveillance among citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam.

The survey, to be conducted for a week, is open to anyone visiting selected health centres where the survey is conducted.

The survey involves taking blood samples which is similar to that of a blood sugar test at home. The result will be available in 15 minutes.

These details were revealed by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohdd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at a press conference yesterday.

“If a person tests positive for the antibody for the SARS-CoV-2 virus after the survey, it means the individual has been exposed to the virus without his/her knowledge. This reveals that there is some form of community spread. Then we have to come up with a different strategy on how to manage it.”

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar speaks at the press conference. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS