COVID-19 updates: Further easing of restrictions announced

 

 

The Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad Isham bin Hj Jaafar at the daily COVID-19 press briefing said that no new COVID-19 case in was recorded in Brunei today, maintaining the national tally at 141.

The total number of recovered patients remains at 138. Only one patient, who is still in critical condition remains under treatment at the National Isolation Centre (NIC) in Tutong.

 

The Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham bin Hj Jaafar speaking at the daily COVID-19 press conference held at Al-‘Afiah Hall of the Ministry of Health today. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI

 

At this time, 88 individuals are currently undergoing quarantine in accordance to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and a total of 2,735 individuals have completed their quarantine and are in good condition.

In the past 24 hours, a total of 268 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV2 virus, that brings the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 24,399 tests.

The health minister also informed that a total of 375,052 individuals have registered as users to BruHealth application. In addition, a total of 7,438 businesses and premises have registered for the application.

 


 

Further easing of restrictions announced

Brunei will be further easing several restrictions imposed since the COVID-19 outbreak by moving forward to the second phase of the de-escalation plan for several areas starting June 15, the Minister of Health announced today.

This includes the opening of mosques, suraus and prayer halls for the five-time daily prayers and Friday prayers; increasing seating capacity for eateries and increasing capacity for gyms, fitness centres and sports facilities with preventive measures in place.

Meanwhile, Senior Citizen Activity Centres, museums, galleries, libraries and Internet cafes will also be allowed to re-open with limited capacities and preventive measures in place.

The guidelines to perform the Friday Prayers are similar to previously announced. However, for the five daily prayers, each congregant must scan the QR Code every time they enter mosques.

For driving schools, small size classes are allowed at 60% of the normal capacity at any one time. Other terms are to be maintained as with the directives and guidelines issued by the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications.

Restaurants, café and food courts are allowed to operate at 60% of the normal capacity at any one time, whereas food stalls and markets that offer dine-in facilities are allowed to be open at 75% of the normal dine-in capacity at any one time. Other terms are to be maintained as with the directives and guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

 

File photo of social distancing measures at a restaurant with markings on the floor indicating where people should stand. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI

 


COVID-19 daily press conference – June 13

Posted by Borneo Bulletin on Saturday, 13 June 2020