Minister of Health, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham Haji Jaafar during a press conference at the Ministry of Health. Image: Faza Suraj

No new cases of COVID-19 infection were reported in the sultanate, which brings the national tally to 141 cases, the minister of health announced today.

Speaking during a press conference, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar said that no new recoveries from the novel coronavirus were reported, maintaining a total of 134 recovered cases.

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 277 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted from January 2020 to 16,350 tests.

Foreign workers random testing

The health minister further said that over 5,000 random testings have been conducted among migrant workers in the sultanate with no infections detected.

Not only construction workers, the minister added, the surveillance tests were also carried out to hospital cleaners and department store cashiers, among others.

COVID-19 Relief Fund

Also sharing the session was Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy, announcing that as of today the COVID-19 Relief Fund has collected $14,128,776.79 since it was introduced on March 21.

YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah said that with the current amount exceeding $12 million, there is a possibility that the fund may be used to pay for the new National Isolation Centre building.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah during a press conference at the Ministry of Health. Image: Faza Suraj

“So now it can be a reality but of course, it is not finalised yet. We need to discuss it at the committee level with MoH. This is certainly the proposal I will put forward and that now we have (more) access, we can use it to fund other items to help combat the outbreak,” he said.

Although the fund has reached beyond targetted amount, the minister encouraged members of the public to continue donating to the relief fund.

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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