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: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The Ministry of Health will launch a nationwide survey on Monday, May 4 as a means to extend the surveillance of the COVID-19 outbreak among citizens and residents of the country.

Speaking during a press conference on Saturday, Health Minister, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar said that the survey will be conducted for one week and will be opened to anyone attending selected health centres around the country.

“The study involves taking in blood samples, similar to that of a blood sugar test at home and the results will be known within 15 minutes,” he said, adding that cooperation from the public is important to ensure the success of the survey.

During the press conference, the Health Minister also announced that no new case of the 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 two cases have recovered from the virus, totalling to 126 recovered cases.

A total of 11 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 2,519 individuals have completed their quarantine, while 56 individuals are currently undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Disease Act (Chapter 204).

In the past 24 hours, a total of 207 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 13,924 tests.

For further information and latest updates, members of the public can visit or call its 24-hour Health Advice Line 148 or through the web platform

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



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