Minister of Health YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Md Isham Hj Jaafar during a press conference at the Ministry of Health. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

The Ministry of Health (MoH) on Friday announced that six more individuals have recovered from the COVID-19 virus, bringing the total number of recovered cases in the sultanate to 11.

The number of confirmed cases however showed a major decline with only one new case reported by the Health Minister, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar, bringing the national total to 115.

Case details
Case 115 is a 39 year old local who returned from the United Kingdom on March 21 along with their family onboard Royal Brunei Airlines flight BI004 (seat 29C).

Case 115 began experiencing symptoms (fever, headaches, flu and nausea) on March 26. This case has no connection to case 88 who returned to the country onboard the same flight.

The minister then proceeded to update the public on case 103, who was still under investigation for the past few days. The minister explained that case 103 has an epidemiological connection to case 47.

“The ministry wants to remind the public that although the number of new cases reported on Friday shows a decline, preventative measures must still be continued as there are still individuals who are currently undergoing quarantine and self-isolation,” he continued.

YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham shared that 104 cases are currently undergoing treatment at the National Isolation Centre, and out of that number, two cases are in critical condition. Meanwhile, three cases are still in intensive care.

As of today, 1,140 individuals are undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and 874 individuals have completed their quarantine.

Since the emergence of COVID-19 in early January, a total of 4,994 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been conducted.

Image: Courtesy of the Ministry of Health

For further information and latest developments, visit MoH’s website at 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 the GOV.BN Official channel on Telegram at https://t.me/govbnofficial.

“In addition, the global situation of COVID-19 is still alarming, especially for the United State and some countries in Europe where they are facing a very large number of cases and fatalities,” YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham went on to say.

Temperature checks being conducted to everyone entering1 The Mall. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

In light of this, the minister reminded the public to practice social and physical distancing when going out, especially during pay day and the following days, adding that those who are unwell should avoid crowded places.

The health minister advised store owners and supermarkets to limit the number of customers entering the premises and to place markers one metre apart in certain areas namely payment counters.

“This is in addition to conducting body temperature checks and providing hand sanitisers at every entry as well as ensuring that shopping trolleys and baskets are sanitized regularly,” he added.

YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham also reiterated the importance for employees to adhere to the self-isolation policy and urging them to inform their employers immediately upon instruction.

“Whoever is found not to have informed their employers and is still working during the self-isolation period, the ministry will not hesitate to take legal action in accordance with the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204)”.

The health minister advised store owners and supermarkets to limit the number of customers entering the premises. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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