BND5,000 fine for offering swab test without MoH permission

James Kon

Legal action will be taken against any premises offering swab tests without permission or recognition from the Ministry of Health (MoH). Those found guilty can get a compound fine of up to BND5,000 or if convicted in court, can be fined up to BND10,000 or imprisonment for up to six months or both.

Individuals seeking approval to travel to countries requiring a swab test for SARS-CoV-2 can get it done only at government facilities or government approved facilities, the MoH stated in its daily statement on the COVID-19 situation in Brunei Darussalam.

As soon as the test results are released, the MoH will issue a letter confirming the results which can be shown to the authorities in the country the individuals are planning to visit.

Individuals needing swab tests for certain reasons are advised to go to the Sports Complex, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital or health centres that provide such services.

Meanwhile, Brunei continued its streak of flattening the COVID-19 curve by recording no new case for 85 days yesterday, keeping the national tally of confirmed cases at 141.

A total of 436 persons who arrived in the country after travelling abroad are undergoing mandatory self-isolation at government monitoring centres.

Meanwhile, 3,717 individuals have completed their mandatory self-isolation at monitoring centres since March 2020.

The ministry revealed that 461 samples have been taken and tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the past 24 hours bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 40,663.

In its breakdown of COVID-19 cases in the country, healthinfo.gov.bn revealed that there were 110 cases in the Brunei-Muara District, 25 in the Belait District and six in the Tutong District.

For information and updates, the public can visit MoH official website at www.moh.gov.bn, by contacting the Health Advice Line at 148 or through the BruHealth app or healthinfo.gov.bn.