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

All contacts of two Malaysians who tested positive after returning from the sultanate are currently under quarantine, announced the minister of health.

In a press briefing, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar said that the ministry is currently investigating both cases where contacts related to them have been identified and instructed to undergo the SARS-CoV-2 laboratory test.

“One of the cases has been in Brunei since February to attend an attachment while the other has completed his/her employment contract. Both cases have recently returned to their home country,” the minister said.

He added: “The risk of them getting it here (in the country) is still there. That is why we have to be careful even though we have reached more than a month of no cases.”

At this time, 113 of the contacts are under quarantine.

YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham went on to remind the public to continue carry out their social responsibilities especially social distancing and not to organise mass gatherings or meeting in large groups.

Furthermore, the sultanate sees no new cases of COVID-19 infection for more than a month with the national tally to remain at 141.

Meanwhile, the total number of recovered cases still stands at 138 with no new recoveries reported.

Only one active case is still under treatment at the National Isolation Centre, requiring the heart/lung machine (ECMO) as well as respiratory assistance.

In the past 24 hours, a total of 433 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted from January 2020 to 22,092.

BruHealth app updates

YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar also revealed that the BruHealth tracing app has accumulated 355,402 registered users, with a total of 281,969 app downloads.

While 6,212 businesses and premises have registered for the application.

The minister went on to inform patients and visitors to scan the BruHealth QR code at all hospitals and health centres’ entry point including the entrance to every service offered such as a clinic, ward, pharmacy, and so on.

Image: Fazizul Haqimie

Visitors can use the Health Declaration Form if they are still unable to use the BruHealth app via their mobile phone or healthinfo.gov.bn website.

“BruHealth users with Red codes will only be allowed to enter if they
are patients who wish to see a doctor for consultation or to receive
treatment at the hospitals or health centres,” said the minister, adding that only those with Green and Yellow codes are allowed to visit patients in hospital wards.

“The purpose for all patients and visitors to scan the BruHealth QR code in the hospitals and health centres is to facilitate contact tracing and to ensure that those with Red or Blue codes do not visit any of the patients treated in the wards,” he concluded.

For further information and latest development, visit MoH’s website www.moh.gov.bn or call its 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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