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

Four more individuals have recovered from the coronavirus, the Ministry of Health (MoH) announced on Monday, bringing Brunei’s total number COVID-19 recoveries to 38.

This latest development was shared by Minister of Health, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar during a press conference, who also revealed one more new confirmed case, bringing the national tally of COVID-19 infections to 127.

The health minister added that the four recovered cases have been allowed to return home, which means 88 cases are currently being treated at the National Isolation Centre (NIC).

“However, today, one patient who was previously under careful monitoring is now in critical condition. This brings the number of cases in critical condition and requiring the aid of a ventilator, to three,” added the minister.

Meanwhile, one case is still under close monitoring.

Case details

  • Case 127 is three years old and the child to case 120. The toddler has no travel history abroad and began experiencing symptoms (fever) on March 21.

During the press conference, YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham proceeded to share to the public that four of the nine congregates of the tabligh gathering in Kuala Lumpur have returned to the sultanate.

All four have been tested positive for COVID-19 and received treatment while in Kuala Lumpur, added the minister, assuring the public that the ministry will continue to monitor the health of the four individuals, based on their respective risk assessments.

As of today, 829 individuals are undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and 1,389 individuals have completed their quarantine and are in stable condition.

Since the emergence of COVID-19 in early January, a total of 5,980 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been conducted, meaning that 1 in 82 people in the country has undergone the COVID-19 test.

“To date, 531 individuals have signed up for mandatory isolation at their own homes upon arriving in the country from their travels. Out of this figure, 346 are students,” continued the minister.

A majority of the individuals have undergone the COVID-19 test, he pointed out, adding that those who have not done so are advised to report to the Sports Complex of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) hospital immediately.

“In the meantime, the ministry is also actively conducting COVID-19 tests on those undergoing mandatory self-isolation at the facilities provided by the government.”

Tests are conducted daily. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

“To date, out of the 1,425 individuals that have registered in the facilities, 1,051 individuals or approximately 72 per cent have undergone the COVID-19 test. Those that have tested positive are currently being treated at the NIC,” the minister continued.

YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham also reminded those that have undergone the COVID-19 testing to ensure that the contact numbers they have provided to the authorities are correct, as the ministry will be sending out the test results of the individuals via SMS.

The new initiative began on March 28, and is still undergoing its testing phase, he added.

The health minister then went on to address a viral message pertaining to a contact investigation for a certain case that has been confirmed positive.

YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham explained that the case in question has been admitted to the National Isolation Centre on March 28, and has remained at the centre since.

The ministry, however, is urging those that have had contact with the case in question between March 10 to 15, to contact 2380665 or 8163065, to aid them in the investigation.

Additionally, the ministry seeks the public’s cooperation and consideration by not spreading the message any further to maintain the privacy of the individual.

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.

Minister of Religious Affairs YB Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin during a press conference at the Ministry of Health. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

Mosque closures to extend until April 6

Also present was Minister of Religious Affairs, Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Othman.

During the press conference, the minister announced that mosque closures that were slated to end today will be extended for another week until April 6.

He added that currently, sanitizing operations of mosques and prayer halls across the nation have been completed, however, their reopening will depend on the COVID-19 situation that is affecting the sultanate.

A view of the Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque at the capital. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

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