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: Fazizul Haqimie

The Minister of Health today called on members of the public to stop the discrimination of individuals that have recovered from the coronavirus infection including those cured after re-testing positive.

Speaking during a press conference, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Seti Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar explained that according to some studies conducted by other countries, there was no evidence that individuals that have re-tested positive for COVID-19 were infectious.

“The ministry has a clear and comprehensive procedure for providing follow-up treatment for such individuals,” the minister said.

“Any patients who are found to be positive again after being cured will be admitted to the National Isolation Center (NIC) for further investigation and treatment.

“They will also be directed to undergo an additional 14 days of isolation upon being allowed to return home for the second time,” he added.

YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham then assured the public that there are no risks of infection from these former patients, stressing the fact that these individuals should be allowed to live their normal lives once their self-isolation is completed.

“Therefore, employers do not need to take severe actions such as forcing them to take unpaid leave or isolating them from others,” he continued, adding that maintaining the preventative measures outlined by the ministry for the work place would suffice.

During the press conference the health minister also announced that no new case of COVID-19 virus was reported in the sultanate today, bringing the national tally of confirmed coronavirus cases to remain at 138.

He also revealed that there were no new recoveries, leading the total number of COVID-19 recoveries to remain at 124 cases.

A total of 13 active cases are still undergoing treatment at the NIC, where two patients are still in critical condition, both requiring respiratory and heart/lung machine (ECMO) assistance.

With regard to cases that have recovered but found to be positive again, the health minister announced that no case has re-tested positive today.

This brings the total number of such cases as of today to 22 individuals, of which six individuals are still undergoing further examination and testing.

As of today, a total of 2,517 individuals have completed their quarantine, while 58 individuals are currently undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Disease Act (Chapter 204).

In the past 24 hours, a total of 137 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 13,717 tests.

For further information and latest updates, members of the public can visit 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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