Sultanate marks 19 days without new COVID-19 cases

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam continued its streak of no new COVID-19 cases for the 19th day yesterday, keeping the national tally of confirmed cases at 145.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has taken 353 samples for SARS-CoV-2 virus testing in the past 24 hours, and has carried out 56,691 of such tests since January 2020.

A total of 447 individuals are undergoing mandatory self-isolation at government monitoring centres after arriving from abroad, while 5,874 have completed their mandatory self-isolation at monitoring centres since March 2020.

Individuals wishing to take the SARS-CoV-2 swab test for travel purposes must do so three to five days before their flight date (subject to the terms and conditions of the country to which it is intended). The results will take time and the public is urged to stay patient.

Swab tests for overseas travel can be carried out at the Berakas Health Centre and the Sports Complex of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital.

At the Berakas Health Centre, the swab tests for SARS-CoV-2 are available from 8am to noon and 2pm-4pm from Monday to Thursday and Saturday. On Friday, Sunday and public holidays, the tests are conducted at 2pm-5.30pm.

The swab tests at the Sports Complex of the RIPAS Hospital are conducted at 7am-10pm daily, except on public holidays.

In its breakdown of COVID-19 cases in the country, healthinfo.gov.bn revealed that there were 112 cases in the Brunei-Muara District, 27 in the Belait District and six in the Tutong District.

Information and updates can be obtained from the MoH official website at www.moh.gov.bn, the Health Advice Line at 148, or through the BruHealth app or the web app at healthinfo.gov.bn.