Brunei records no new COVID-19 cases

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam entered 13 days without any new COVID-19 cases yesterday, keeping the national tally of confirmed cases at 146.

Brunei has also recorded 154 days without any local coronavirus cases as the last five cases were imported cases.

The latest information of the COVID-19 situation in the country was shared by the Ministry of Health (MoH) in its daily release yesterday.

The MoH has taken 594 samples for the SARS-CoV-2 virus testing in the past 24 hours, and has carried out 61,209 tests for the virus since January 2020.

A total of 334 individuals are currently undergoing mandatory self-isolation at government monitoring centres after arriving from abroad, while 6,649 have completed their mandatory self-isolation at monitoring centres since March 2020.

The MoH has informed the public that individuals who wish to take the SARS-CoV-2 swab test, especially for the purpose of travelling abroad must take it three to five days before their flight date – subject to the terms and conditions of the country to which it is intended.

The results of the swab test will take time and the MoH seeks the public’s patience while waiting for their test results.

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 are available from 8am-12noon and 2pm-4pm from Monday to Thursday and Saturday.

On Friday, Sunday and public holidays, the swabs tests are conducted from 2pm-5.30pm.

The SARS-CoV-2 swab tests at the Sports Complex of the RIPAS Hospital are conducted from 7am-10pm daily, except on public holidays.

According to healthinfo.gov.bn, there had been 113 COVID-19 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, or by contacting the Health Advice Line at 148, or through the BruHealth app.