Plans to widen use of BruHealth app, says minister

Azlan Othman & James Kon

It takes time to adapt to changes, including the BruHealth app, which was implemented to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

This was said by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during the daily press conference yesterday in view of some businesses failing to paste QR codes at the entrances for customers despite having registered with the app.

He added, “Once we have been acquainted with the app, we will widen the use of the QR code to other premises.”

He also said restaurants have been particularly stellar in their adherence to the rules and regulations set by the authorities, including ensuring social distancing practice by patrons at the premises at all times.

The minister applauded ministries and departments under them for having “taken the initiative, especially in providing counter services to the public. It is a good sign”.

The number of BruHealth app users has continued to surge, with the current figure at 195,713 individuals and 3,270 businesses and premises, said the minister.

He added that the most registered businesses are restaurants at 1,226.

The minister said, “It is necessary for the public to cooperate and use the BruHealth app, as well as scan QR codes before entering all premises. This will ease the contact tracing procedure in the case of a new infection.”

The minister said over the past weeks, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has carried out random swab test on foreign workers and have found no new cases.

Meanwhile, 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 since the country began imposing strict travel restrictions at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, the tourism industry has been greatly impacted.

Other affected sectors include gyms, childcare centres and driving schools, while “for restaurants, some have recorded profits despite no dine-in customers”, he said, adding that “now that dining-in is allowed again, the situation should start to improve”.

The minister also said, “The picture is looking better each passing day, especially with no new cases for the past 16 days. Locals are spending their money domestically, which helps with local employment. Thus, we foresee respectable and positive growth.”