The ministry of health has rolled out the new feature on the contact tracing BruHealth App dubbed “Digital Quarantine Order”.

This was announced by the Minister of Health, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar during the press conference on Friday, adding that the new addition will provide notification and information to close contacts that they have been identified as contacts to a positive COVID-19 case.

The Digital Quarantine Order will also facilitate the authorities to monitor the status of those who have been given Quarantine Order virtually, including information on their whereabouts at all times; receive confirmation of signs of infection that may be experienced with daily check-in; and accepting applications for food deliveries.

The new feature also acts as a digital reference document for employees to inform their upper management of the Quarantine Order imposed, reducing the need for the issuance of a written Quarantine Order especially for those with access to the BruHealh app, said the minister.

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“The public is required to update their personal information including family members that are registered in the BruHealth app, especially their home addresses. This will assist the relevant authorities to monitor and enforce the Quarantine Order,” he said.

“What is unique with this Digital Quarantine Order is that it possesses the ability to detect if any quarantined individual is found to be more than 100 metres from their home address. If this happens, the authorities will be immediately notified,” the minister added.

YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar also advised members of the public to take serious of the Quarantine Order imposed to any individual, including updating their quarantine status in the BruHealth app via the Digital Quarantine Order in order to assist the Ministry of Health in monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

“Any individual who is found to violate or disobey any instructions issued during the COVID-19 pandemic is an offense under the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) of which if found guilty can be fined a compound of up to $5,000, or if convicted in court can be fined up to $10,000 or imprisonment for up to six months or both,” the minister said.

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For further information and latest updates, please visit the official website of the Ministry of Health at www.moh.gov.bn or by contacting the Health Advice Line 148 or through the BruHealth App.

This article was first published on 14 August 2021 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 154

THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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