Public urged to use COVID-19 self-assessment tool

Azlan Othman & Syazwani Hj Rosli

The public is urged to use the COVID-19 self-assessment tool launched two months ago to help the government mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

This was said by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during a press conference yesterday.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah echoed the call by saying: “Some 30,000 people have taken part in the self-assessment tool, which is not a high figure. We need more members of the public to participate, so the Ministry of Health (MoH) could monitor the situation better, especially in light of three new COVID-19 cases in the past two days.”

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said following the three new cases in Kuala Belait, the ministry will set up more COVID-19 test centres in the district.

Case 139, 140 and 141, all foreign workers in the Belait District, developed symptoms in March.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar.

“We are currently investigating the origin of their infection through contact tracing,” he said.

“The three foreign workers are living in a dormitory, which is clean and organised. Fifty-nine contacts at the dormitory have undergone the COVID-19 test, 20 of them found to be negative for the virus. The rest are still awaiting results.”

The minister added, “Fortunately, these workers have the routine of going straight home after work, with the exception of one who went to a barber shop.

“We are currently tracking down his contacts.”

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said the ministry will double surveillance in the Belait District.

“Since the new cases came from the Belait District, we will be focussing on the district for the time being,” he said.