Minister of Health, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Awang Mohd Isham Haji Jaafar during a press conference at the Ministry of Health on 23/04/2020. Image: Faza Suraj

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

Speaking during a press conference, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar also revealed that two individuals have recovered from the COVID-19 virus, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 119. 

A total of 18 cases are still undergoing treatment at the National Isolation Centre (NIC), where two of the patients remain in critical condition, both requiring respiratory and heart/lung machine (ECMO) assistance. 

As of today, a total of 2,425 individuals have completed their quarantine, while 138 individuals are currently undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Disease Act (Chapter 204). 

In the past 24 hours, a total of 281 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 12,430 tests.

Meanwhile in regards to cases that have been cured but found to be positive after a follow up examination, the Ministry of Health announced that three more recovered patients have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus again. 

This brings the total number of repositive cases to 21, where 14 of the individuals are still undergoing further examination. 

For further information and latest development, visit MoH’s website www.moh.gov.bn or call its 24-hour Health Advice Line 148 or through the web platform healthinfo.gov.bn

Updated guidelines on mass gatherings

During the press conference, YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham announced that the health ministry has updated their  “Guidelines on Mass Gatherings, Social Events, Meetings or Training Sessions”. 

The guidelines, according to the minister, will provide the public guidance on events that are permitted and not permitted as well as the precautionary measures that should be taken to the public during such events. 

These events include personal and family events, wedding registrations and solemnization, meetings, conferences, training courses, job interviews and recreational activities that are done in open areas. 

“For the public’s information, this guideline will be reviewed and updated from time to time subject to the development of the outbreak situation on COVID-19 nationally and internationally,” he said. 

“As such, the previously issued guideline will no longer be used for reference and will be replace by the guidelines date April 23,” the minister concluded.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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