Minister of Religous Affairs, Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Othman and 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

No new cases of COVID-19 virus were reported in the sultanate today, bringing the national tally of confirmed coronavirus cases to remain at 138, announced the Ministry of Health.

Speaking during a press conference, Health Minister Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar also revealed that there were two new recoveries, leading the total number of COVID-19 recoveries to 130 cases.

A total of seven 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.

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

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, while one such individual was allowed to return home.

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

As of today, a total of 2,551 individuals have completed their quarantine, while 24 individuals are currently undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Disease Act (Chapter 204).

In the past 24 hours, a total of 214 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 14,476 tests.

For further information and latest updates, members of the public can visit www.moh.gov.bn or call its 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

Mosque closure extended to May 28, Friday prayers resume May 29

Sharing the session was Minister of Religious Affairs, Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Badaruddin announcing that mosque closures will be extended an additional 24 days, starting tomorrow until May 28.

Minister of Religous Affairs, Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Othman during a press conference at the Ministry of Health. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Subsequently, the minister also announced that the sultanate’s mosques and prayer halls will be opened for Friday prayers only, which is slated to begin on May 29.

“Other prayers are subject to further evaluation. However, it is important to note that the opening of the mosques and prayer halls are dependent on the developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak,” he added.

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

According to the minister, the Mosque Affairs Department and the Islamic Da’wah Centre in cooperation with Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) will broadcast a special segment detailing guidelines on how to perform mass prayers while upholding preventative COVID-19 measures.

He went on to address questions from the public regarding Hari Raya Aidilfitri prayer that is performed on the first day of the religious holiday, explaining that members of the public are allowed and encouraged to perform them at home with their family.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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