Minister of Health Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar in a press conference. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

The case involving a Limbang resident testing positive for the COVID-19 virus after returning from the sultanate is still under investigation, the ministry of health (MoH) revealed today.

Referring to an article published by The Borneo Post on Tuesday that went viral, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar explained that since the incident was reported, Sarawak’s Ministry of Health has been sharing the relevant information with Brunei’s MoH.

“We have been busy doing contact tracing (in relation to the case) and one of the case’s contacts in Brunei Darussalam has tested negative for COVID-19,” he said, adding that the ministry is in the process of looking into other contacts to ensure that no spread occurs.

“If the public has any information about the case, they can contact the Health Advice Line 148. Furthermore, the public is also reminded to not spread false information which is an offense,” added the minister.

No new cases, zero recoveries, one relapse

During the press conference, YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham also announced that there were no new cases of COVID-19 infections reported in the sultanate, bringing the national tally to remain at 138 cases.

There were also no new recoveries, leading the total number of COVID-19 recoveries to remain at 124 cases, added the minister.

A total of 13 active cases are still undergoing treatment at the National Isolation Centre (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 one case has re-tested positive today, while another has been allowed to return home.

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

“As of April 29, a total of 4,310 random COVID-19 tests for surveillance purposes were conducted among foreign workers and those present for treatment at Health Centres whose results were all negative,” the minister continued.

As of today, a total of 2,509 individuals have completed their quarantine, while 66 individuals are currently undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Disease Act (Chapter 204).

In the past 24 hours, a total of 279 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 13,428 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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