Should Brunei increase testing capacity to check for community transmission?

Brunei took early action and implemented effective measures to contain and control the spread of COVID-19.

Recent testing of 500 people in the community, showed that six individuals had coronavirus antibodies, having had the virus at some stage.

With the virus being highly contagious and with one person thought to spread the virus to roughly two people, within 30 days, the effects of this lead to hundreds of people being infected. Each of those people go on to infect two others, resulting in the spread of the virus to many people in the community.

Australia has broadened their testing parameters, asking anyone with even the slight sign of the flu, a cough or fever, to get tested. Anyone who would like to be tested is now able to do so. Doctors are also being asked to test anyone with flu like symptoms or respiratory issues. Iceland is another country continuing to test their citizens due to the early detection of a high number of asymptomatic people. Iceland has now tested 50,000 people, approximately 14 per cent of their population of 360,000 and have detected 1,800 people with the coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) in Brunei has already undertaken a fair amount of testing.

However, Brunei should continue to remain cautious and the MoH should consider the benefits of continuing to increase their testing capacity, particularly given the possibility that there may be many in the community who are asymptomatic and continuing to spread this virus.

My question is should Brunei increase the testing capacity to check for community transmission?

A Concerned Resident

The writer is questioning if Brunei should increase testing capacity to check for community transmission