All foreign nationals entering Brunei will have to bear the cost of the coronavirus laboratory tests, in addition to bearing the mandatory 14-day self-isolation costs, effective April 16, the Minister of Health announced.
Speaking during a press conference, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar, said that foreign travellers will have to pay $1,000 per person for the coronavirus tests.
Addressing questions by the media, the minister said that the rationale behind the move is to ensure that individuals entering the country are doing so for the necessary reasons, taking into consideration the costly procedure.
The cost of treatment for foreign travellers that test positive for the coronavirus however will still be borne by the government.
During the press conference, YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham also announced that one of the 11 cases that relapsed and was re-admitted to the National Isolation Centre (NIC), was allowed to return home today.
As a precautionary measure, he explained, the individual will undergo self-isolation for another 14 days at home, in accordance to the current standard operating procedure, leaving only nine patients still undergoing further examinations and tests.
0 cases, 0 recoveries
No new cases, as well as no new recoveries, were reported by the minister today, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases and the total number of cases recovered in Brunei to remain at 136 and 108 cases, respectively.
There are 27 active cases still being treated at the NIC, where two individuals are still in critical condition, both requiring heart/lung machine (ECMO) and respiratory assistance.
At this time, 76 individuals are currently undergoing quarantine in accordance to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and a total of 2,407 individuals have completed their quarantine.
In the past 24 hours, 247 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 10,826 tests.
For further information and latest updates, members of the public can visit the official website of the Ministry of Health at www.moh.gov.bn or by contacting the Health Advice Line 148 (operating 24-hours) or through the web application healthinfo.gov.bn.
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