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

Brunei sees no new cases of the COVID-19 infection for 21 consecutive days with the national tally remaining at 141, revealed the minister of health today.

One patient has recovered from the novel coronavirus infection which brings the number of recoveries to 138 cases, leaving only one active case receiving treatment at the National Isolation Centre in Tutong.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar in a press briefing said that the patient is still in a critical condition, requiring the heart/lung machine (ECMO) and ventilator.

At present, all 2,679 individuals who are contact cases have completed their quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Disease Act (Chapter 204).

“However, 140 individuals who recently arrived from overseas are in mandatory self-isolation at government-designated isolation facilities,” said the minister, adding that 2,239 people have completed their isolation in these facilities.

In the past 24 hours, a total of 59 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted from January 2020 to 18,707.

BruHealth app updates

The tracing app has accumulated 233,737 registered as users with a total of 3,825 businesses and premises already on the platform, added the minister.

Moreover, following the opening of mosques nationwide for Friday prayers commencing tomorrow, 35,980 individuals have registered and booked for their Friday prayer slots.

“As a reminder, all those who will be attending and are given a green code, are required to wear face masks while in the mosque area and to bring their own prayer mat (large size),” said the health minister

“As a precautionary measure, individuals are advised not to shake hands and return immediately after completing the Friday prayers,” he added.

The newly-launched BruHealth app. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham further said that when using the BruHealth app, the public are advised to be careful when choosing answers when completing the self-assessment.

“This is to avoid their application being given an incorrect code. If an individual gets the wrong code, the appeal for a new code will take a while to be processed. This will further prevent them from gaining access to any premises and places that requires a code,” he added.

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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