Minister of Health YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Awang 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 reported in the sultanate, which brings the national tally for confirmed cases to remain at 141, the minister of health announced today.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar in a press conference also said that no new recoveries from the novel coronavirus were reported with the number of recovered cases to stand at 134.

Six 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 respiratory assistance.

As of today, a total of 2,575 individuals have completed their quarantine, while 108 individuals are currently undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Disease Act (Chapter 204).

In the past 24 hours, a total of 173 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted from January 2020 to 16,523 tests.

Reduction of social distancing measures

With some restrictions set to be lifted on May 16 nationwide, the health minister stressed on the importance of complying with all regulations and directives related to the reduction of social distancing measures.

Any individual found to be in violation of or disobey any order issued shall be an offense under the Infectious Diseases Act (Section 204) which carries a fine of up to $10,000 or imprisonment up to 6 months or both.

“The ministry will not hesitate to take legal action against anyone who does not comply with the directives issued,” said YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham.

The minister further said that his ministry will continue to monitor the situation of the outbreak at the national as well as regional and global levels and carry out ongoing risk assessments to consider further mitigation measures.

If the outbreak is again alarming, he added, the ministry of health will not hesitate to tighten the social distancing measures that needs to be taken to control the outbreak.

The public will be informed about this from time to time, he concluded.

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

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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