The newly-launched BruHealth app by Ministry of Health. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The BruHealth app may become mandatory for all businesses, premises as well as residents in the near future, as a means to adapt to the new normal where the global COVID-19 situation is projected to persist until next year, said the Minister of Health on Wednesday.

Speaking during a press conference, Health Minister Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar said that currently only a fraction of businesses, premises and residents have registered for the app.

At this time, according to the minister, a total of 169,212 individuals have registered as users to the application while a total of 2,552 businesses and premises have registered for the application.

“When about 80% to 90% percent of the population and businesses have gone onboard the app, it will be very helpful to the ministry in regards to contract tracing should there be any further outbreaks,” he said.

Minister of Health YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham Haji Jaafar during a press conference at the Ministry of Health. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

“In the near future, it may become mandatory because as we know, the COVID-19 outbreak is still developing globally. So if we have to live with it (the coronavirus, indefinitely) then the app will become mandatory,” he added.

YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham then went on to encourage more members of the public, businesses and premises to download and register to the app, stressing that the public’s cooperation in the use of the app and scanning of the QR codes at entry and exit points of premises is vital for the public’s safety.

Furthermore, the minister also reminded businesses that offer services such as haircuts, facials and massages to maintain personal hygiene and cleanliness of their premises as well as using “face masks, aprons, gloves and to clean the seat or bead each time it is used”.

“In addition, the customer’s seat should also be spaced at least one meter or so apart. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in fines under the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204).

Zero cases, no new recoveries

No new cases of COVID-19 virus were reported in the sultanate today, bringing the national tally of confirmed cases to remain at 141.

The health minister also announced that there were no new recoveries, leading the total number of COVID-19 recoveries to 136 cases.

Four active cases are still undergoing treatment at the National Isolation Centre, where two patients are still in critical condition, one requiring both respiratory and heart/lung machine (ECMO) assistance while the other only requiring respiratory assistance.

As of today, a total of 2,667 individuals have completed their quarantine, while 12 individuals are currently undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Disease Act (Chapter 204).

In the past 24 hours, a total of 82 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 17,718 tests.

For further information and latest updates, members of the public can visit www.moh.gov.bn or call its Health Advice Line 148 or through the web platform healthinfo.gov.bn

Alternatively, members of the public can also get the latest information on the COVID-19 situation in Brunei through GOV.BN official channel on Telegram at https://t.me/govbnofficial

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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