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The government has reduced the charges for RT-PCR COVID-19 swab test imposed on foreigners entering the sultanate starting August 14, announced the ministry of health.

The fee reduction, however, will only be applicable to foreigners who are granted permission to enter Brunei and it is now priced at $350 from the previous $1,000, said Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar.

In a press conference, the health minister said that the ministry will not hesitate to tighten the social distancing measures that need to be taken to control the outbreak should the situation becomes alarming again.

“The Ministry of Health will continue to monitor the situation of the outbreak at the national as well as the regional and global levels and carry out ongoing risk assessments to consider further mitigation measures,” he added.

No new cases

Brunei has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 as of today with the national tally maintaining at 142 and the number of recovered individuals remains at 138.

There is only one active case that is currently at the National Isolation Centre and in stable condition.

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

Meanwhile, 13 individuals of the close contacts to Case 142 are undergoing quarantine order at monitoring centres at facilities provided by the government. They too are in a stable condition and showing no signs of infection.

Furthermore, 735 individuals who returned from overseas are in mandatory self-isolation at facilities provided by the government and a total of 4,140 have completed their mandatory self-isolation since March.

In the past 24 hours, 733 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted from January 2020 to 46,568.

For further information and the latest development, the public can visit MoH’s website www.moh.gov.bn, call its Health Advice Line 148, through the web platform healthinfo.gov.bn or through the BruHealth App.

Alternatively, the public can also attain the latest information on the 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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