Virus screening for frontliners, caregivers

Syazwani Hj Rosli & James Kon

The Ministry of Health (MoH) will expand the SARS-CoV-2 laboratory test screening, particularly for those working with young children and the elderly.

At the daily press conference on the current COVID-19 situation, Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said, “The MoH will continue to monitor the situation of the outbreak at the national, regional and global levels, and carry out ongoing risk assessments to consider further mitigation measures.

“If the outbreak situation becomes alarming yet again, the MoH will not hesitate to tighten social distancing measures. As part of the measures to strengthen the monitoring of the COVID-19 infection in this country, the MoH will also expand the SARS-CoV-2 laboratory test screening, especially among frontliners and staff working at childcare centres, pre-schools and elderly care centres,” he said.

Regarding the progress and updates in the testing of inmates, Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said, “Since the beginning of the spread of the coronavirus in Brunei Darussalam, inmates and individuals under the care of the government, such as Al-Islah, have been and will be tested for SARS-CoV-2, in ensuring the control of the virus in the country.”

The minister also said that new inmates would also undergo testing as part of the admission process into detention.

“Prisoners or inmates who are having symptoms will also have to undergo the SARS-CoV-2 test. Tests are also being conducted on the officers and staff working at prisons and rehabilitation centres,” he said, adding, “So far, there is no infection and the situation is under control.”