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

The Ministry of Health reported two new COVID-19 cases in the sultanate today, bringing the total number of cases to 141.

Health Minister Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar, in a press conference, revealed that both cases are friends of Case 139 that was reported yesterday.

Cases 140 and 141 who are males at the ages of 46 and 31 have been detected following surveillance conducted among citizens and residents of the country, including foreign workers.

“Preliminary investigations have shown that all three of the cases were most likely to be infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in March and have stayed together in the same place,” the minister said.

At this time, all three do not show any symptoms of the infection. Further investigation is still ongoing to identify the cause of the infection and to trace contacts of the aforementioned cases.

Moreover, a total of 59 contacts of the case have undergone COVID-19 tests where 20 of them have been tested negative and the rest are still waiting for their results.

The minister went on to announce that no new recoveries from the novel virus were reported, maintaining the total of 131 recovered cases.

Nine active cases are still being treated at the National Isolation Centre (NIC), where 2 individuals are still in critical condition, with both requiring respiratory and heart/lung machine (ECMO) assistance.

As of today, a total of 2551 individuals have completed their quarantine, while 157 individuals are currently undergoing quarantine in accordance to the Infectious Disease Act (Chapter 204).

Meanwhile, since the mandatory self-isolation order of 14 days was released on 20 March 2020 for individuals arriving in the country, a total of 1,892 individuals have completed their self-isolation period.

At this time, a total of 273 individuals are currently undergoing mandatory self-isolation in monitoring facilities identified by the Government.

In the past 24 hours, a total of 184 samples have been tested for SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 14,938 tests.

Park goers in the country are advised to adhere to precautionary measures when going out in the public. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham went on to remind the public on the importance for the public to continue to be vigilant and take precautions by adopting and cultivating preventive measures as it is especially recommended to continue physical distancing, not to go around in large crowds at any one place and to only leave the house when necessary.

“This is in addition to practicing personal hygiene such as regular hand washing and proper coughing and sneezing etiquette,” the minister 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

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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