Health Minister, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar. Image: Rafidah Hamit

The Ministry of Health announced five new confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in a press conference on Sunday, bringing the national total to 88.

One case, which was reported to be in critical condition for the past few days is now stable, according to Health Minister, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar, therefore no longer requiring the aid of a ventilator.

Furthermore, a number of cases that require careful monitoring have also shown signs of recovery, he said, adding that as of now, one case is still in critical condition, while two other cases require careful monitoring.

Statistics of the positive cases of COVID-19 in the sultanate. Source: Ministry of Health

Case details
Case 84 is aged 32 years old and is a work contact of case 69. Case 84 began experiencing symptoms (fever, headaches and body aches) on March 15.

Case 85 is 10 years old and is the child of case 81 who had no travelling history abroad. The child started experiencing symptoms (flu and headaches) on March 21.

Case 86 and 87 are filial contacts of case 62. Both have no travel history of going abroad and have shown no symptoms of the virus.

Case 88 is aged 39 years old and is a local who had returned from the United Kingdom on March 21 via Royal Brunei Airlines flight B1004 (seat 10k). Case 88 began experiencing symptoms (cough) on March 19 when they were still abroad.

The health minister proceeded to remind the public, especially those that have fulfilled their quarantine order or self-isolation notice, to adhere to the instructions given by MoH and to remain in their designated location.

“The ministry, with the cooperation of the Royal Brunei Police Force will continuously monitor their whereabouts,” he said.

“Today, a local was found to be in violation of the quarantine order and has been remanded for further investigation. If found guilty, the individual can be fined up to $10,000 or six months imprisonment, or both,” he continued.

An individual waits by the Arrivals hall of the Brunei International Airport. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham then proceeded to update the public regarding the mandatory self-isolation for all passengers arriving through the Brunei International Airport that came into play on March 20.

He explained that an option has been given for the affected individuals to undergo their mandatory self-isolation at their home, provided that the household fulfills these requirements;

– A separate room with its own washroom.

– That no high-risk individuals reside within the same household.

– The individual must agree to the Self-Isolation Policy, that is to remain in their designated room for 14 days.

– The individual must be present for the COVID-19 laboratory test at the Sports Complex of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital (RIPAS) within 24-hours of their arrival.

All arrivals after March 20 are required to carry out self-isolation for 14 days.
Image: Fazizul Haqimie

Meanwhile the health minister said that any locals or permanent residents that are opting to carry out their self-isolation at The Empire Brunei can contact the hotel directly for reservations.

“Individuals will have to bear the cost of living, covering the accommodations and meals throughout the 14-day self-isolation period.”

For The Empire Brunei, each individual will be charged $100 per day, summing up to $1,400.

Accommodation pricing for individuals who are opting to carry out their self-isolation at The Empire Brunei. Source: Ministry of Health

As of today, 1,651 individuals are undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and 200 individuals have completed their quarantine.

Since the emergence of COVID-19 in early January, a total of 3,011 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been conducted.

For further information and latest developments, visit MoH’s website at www.moh.gov.bn or call its 24-hour Health Advice Line 148.

Alternatively, members of the public can also get the latest information on teh COVID-19 situation in Brunei through the GOV.BN Official channel on Telegram at https://t.me/govbnofficial.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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