Highlights from today’s press conference
Here are highlights from today’s press conference at the Ministry of Health (MoH) with the Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Jaafar; Minister at The Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah; and Second Minister of Foreign Affairs Dato Seri Setia Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof.
- Ministry of Health today confirms 5 new COVID-19 cases in Brunei, bringing the national tally to 109.
- Case 105 is a 17-year old local man and linked to the cluster of the family who went on holiday to Surabaya, Indonesia.
- Case 106 is a 23-year old who arrived from United Kingdom on 23 March 2020.
- Case 108 is a 72-year old man who came back from the United Kingdom on 16 March 2020 who tested negative in initial tests.
- One person is still in critical condition, requiring ventilator support, while 3 are under intensive care. The rest are in good health.
- As of today, as many as 1,211 individuals are undergoing quarantine according to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and a further 655 have completed the quarantine period and are in good health.
- Since the emergence of COVID-19 in early January 2020, a total of 4,084 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been conducted.
MoE announces BCGCE exam cancellations
The Ministry of Education (MoE) today said that the Brunei Cambridge GCE ‘O’, ‘AS’ and ‘A’ and IGCSE examinations scheduled for April-June this year will be cancelled and replaced with an alternative assessment that will be announced later. The announcement came following the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE)’s decision to cancel all of its international assessments for the May/June 2020 session.
Online learning for students start March 30
MoE in a statement today announced that schools nationwide, including colleges, technical schools, vocational schools and religious schools will start home-based online learning on March 30. Students are urged to stay at home and utilise learning tools through different platforms such as email, Google Docs, Whatsapp, Video Conference, Microsoft Teams and social media platforms and other suitable online platforms.
Schools will also provide home-learning packs for students with no access to internet at home. To support this initiative, education through television programs and the media will also be implemented.
UNN to boost broadband capacity for online learning
The Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II said Unified National Networks (UNN) is currently working to boost the data capacity for fixed broadband networks in Brunei to enable students to utilise online learning platforms from home efficiently.
At the press conference today, the minister said that while data capacities will be increased for online learning platforms, non-related online platforms will still follow quota limits, according terms set by users’ telecommunications providers.