The newly-launched BruHealth app. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The newly-launched tracing app BruHealth will be updated with a new feature on Friday – a separate QR Code for takeaway customers, announced the minister of health.

With the additional item, customers can use it when entering a restaurant just for takeaway purposes instead of scanning existing QR codes that are meant for dine-ins.

“A number of restaurants have been facing difficulties especially when the allowed customer entry quota is being filled up by takeaway customers and customers who forgot to scan upon leaving the restaurant,” said Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar.

The ministry has renewed and eases the app process whereby customers who are registered in the eatery for more than two hours will be automatically removed from the BruHealth system.

Furthermore, the minister also revealed that currently many businesses and premises have been registering and applying the BruHealth QR Code.

The BruHealth QR Code seen on the entrance of eateries and premises nationwide. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

However, it was noted that some business managers have been found to falsify information when filling in the total capacity of their premises.

This act is an offence under the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) where if found guilty can be prosecuted with a fine up to $10,000 or imprisonment up to six months or both, said the minister.

Anyone found violating or disobeying any directives issued, the ministry will not hesitate to take legal actions against them.

“The government will conduct random patrol to ensure that this directive is being complied,” added the health minister.

Moreover, YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham also announced that the BruHealth app is currently being updated to ease usage especially for those who are not able to download the application due to phone incompatibility.

Food courts and eateries in the country are only allowed 30 per cent seating capacity at one time. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

“The ministry of health would like to seek the public’s cooperation to be patient and be considerate, as well courteous when contacting the operators of the Health Advice Line 148 for advice and assistance,” stressed the minister.

Legal action, he added, can be taken to any caller who is found to be rude and violent to the operators on duty.

Raya guidelines to be observed

The health minister also announced that His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to the issue of guidelines for the upcoming Hari Raya celebration to the public amid the COVID-19 situation in the country.

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  1. The Eid celebration is only to be held with immediate family members who are visiting their parents or siblings.
  2. Large families must adhere to the mass gathering guideline which is to only limit 20-30 people at any one time according to the size of the home.
  3. Social visits to parents’ or siblings’ homes must be scheduled accordingly such as to not come all at once, take turns visiting, and contacting the parents or siblings first before visiting their homes.
  4. Members of the public are not allowed to hold “Open Houses” or similar events. This includes hosting an open office at the workplace.
  5. Anyone with signs of infection or feeling unwell is not allowed to visit or be visited by their immediate family members.
  6. The practice of shaking hands and hugs during Raya must be avoided; it is sufficient to give a gesture of greeting by placing the hand over the chest, smiling, or nodding the head as a sign of respect and greeting. Avoid as much as possible any attempts to touch or make physical contact with others.
  7. Ensure good and well maintained personal and environmental hygiene especially the cleanliness of the hands.
  8. Practice correct cough and sneeze etiquette at all times.
  9. Avoid sharing food and drink utensils such as spoon, fork, plates, and glasses.
  10. Ensure that the Raya food preparations for immediate family members are healthy and hygienic. Reduce the intake of sweet, salty, and fatty food. Enhance your body’s immune system with the intake of nutritious food and plain water as your main choice.
A kids seen happy receiving a green packet during Hari Raya. Image: Shutterstock

“Even though Raya celebration this year is different from the previous years; this does not mean that we cannot joyfully and safely celebrate it with our loved ones. What is important is to always practice our social responsibilities to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection,” said YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham.

Zero cases, no new recoveries

All contact cases undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) have completed their quarantine, bringing a total of 2,679 individuals, said the minister.

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

No new cases of the COVID-19 infection were confirmed in the sultanate today, maintaining the national tally at 141 cases.

The minister also announced that no new recoveries have been reported with the total number of recovered cases to stand at 136.

Meanwhile, four active cases are still receiving treatment at the National Isolation Cente (NIC), where two individuals are still in critical condition; one still requires both requiring respiratory and heart/lung machine (ECMO) assistance and the other is only on respiratory assistance.

In the past 24 hours, a total of 292 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted from January 2020 to 18,010.

For further information and latest development, visit MoH’s website www.moh.gov.bn or call its 24-hour Health Advice Line 148 or through the web platform healthinfo.gov.bn or through the BruHealth App.

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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