New COVID-19 case under investigation

Syazwani Hj Rosli

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during the COVID-19 press conference yesterday stated that the local health authorities are still conducting investigation into the new positive COVID-19 case recorded after 16 days of zero cases in
Brunei Darussalam.

The minister informed that the latest COVID-19 patient underwent the nasal swab test following the surveillance survey that commenced on Monday.

“We are still investigating. At the moment, we are still looking for his contacts and only once we know a bit more then we can be sure,” the minister said.

On whether the new case will affect the nation’s decision towards lifting restrictions in the future, the minister said it will depend on the ongoing contract tracing. If it is within the health system, then it would not affect the decision, he said.

Asked about changes in terms of precautionary measures taken by the ministry, the minister responded that one important thing is for the public to remain cautious.

“Every day we emphasise for the public to practise what has been advised by the Ministry of Health. Although we have been experiencing continuous zero cases, this is a new virus. We’re not sure how it behaves so practising vigilance is important, especially social distancing in public areas such as shops,” Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said.

The minister reminded the public that the nation is still in a state of emergency although no lockdown has been imposed in the country.

“Although not many are infected, we are still concerned. That’s why we continuously carry out surveillance. Even before we closed the border, it was already spreading. The surveillance is to ensure that if we want to lift restrictions, we must be in control. So if we ease the restrictions, it must be done in phases. The surveillance is conducted in preparation for us to open our economy,” he said.