Minister of Health Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar during a press conference at the Ministry of Health. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

No new cases of the COVID-19 virus were reported in the sultanate for 28 consecutive days, leading the national tally to remain at 141 cases, the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday.

Speaking during a press conference, Health Minister Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar said that there were also no new recoveries making the total number of cases that have recovered from the coronavirus to stand still at 138 individuals.

However, one active case remains undergoing treatment at the National Isolation Centre (NIC), requiring both respiratory and heart/lung machine (ECMO) assistance.

In the past 24 hours, a total of 320 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 20,205.

During the press conference, YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham also revealed that the ministry will be expanding the SARS-CoV-2 laboratory test screening for “frontline and staff working at the child care centres, preschools and elderly care centres”.

“The MoH will continue to monitor the situation of the outbreak at the national as well as the regional and global level and carry out ongoing risk assessments to consider further mitigation measures,” he said.

“If the outbreak situation becomes alarming yet again, the MoH will not hesitate to tighten the social distancing measures that need to be taken to control the outbreak,” he added.

This revelation comes at the announcement that the government will be rolling out additional de-escalation measures which has been extended to include tuition and music schools starting June 5.

The minister went on to say that following the announcement on the BruHealth app, the minister said that the tracing app has accumulated 272,190 registered users including a total of 5,330 businesses and premises having registered on the platform.

He added that the Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society will work together with the ministry to provide help desks to assist the public on the use of the tracing app.

The help desk will be located at the Rimba Point Shopping Complex Mall which will be opened beginning June 12, every Friday until Sunday from 9am until 9pm and at the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex every Sunday from 10am until 5pm.

For further information and the latest development, visit MoH’s website www.moh.gov.bn, or by contacting the Health Advice Line 148 or through the BruHealth App or healthinfo.gov.bn.

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

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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