Minister of Health YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham Haji Jaafar during a press conference at the Ministry of Health. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

No new cases of the COVID-19 infection were reported in the sultanate, which brings the national tally to 141 cases, the minister of health announced today.

Speaking during a press conference, YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar said that no new recoveries from the novel coronavirus were reported, maintaining a total of 136 recovered cases.

Four active cases are still receiving treatment at the National Isolation Cente (NIC), where two individuals are still in critical condition; one still requires both requiring respiratory and heart/lung machine (ECMO) assistance and the other is only on respiratory assistance.

As of today, a total of 2,578 individuals have completed their quarantine, while 101 individuals are currently undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Disease Act (Chapter 204).

In the past 24 hours, a total of 193 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted from January 2020 to 17,414 tests.

Members of the public to not be complacent

The minister further reminded the public to remain vigilant and not be comfortable with the reduction of restriction measures already in place.

“Although the COVID-19 infection in our country is under control, we are still under threat from the infection,” he added.

He reiterated that people must adhere to government directives such as not visiting crowded public places, practice physical distancing when going out, and not bring the elderly and children out from the house if not necessary.

“People at high risk are recommended to use face masks, and for those who are unwell to not leave the house except for certain reasons only,” he added.

An employee of a retail outlet seen taking body temperature of a customer before entering the shop as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19. Image: Rafidah Hamit

“This is in addition to maintaining personal hygiene to prevent the possible transmission of the infection. We do not want the scenario of transmission of new infections to occur or where we need to reinforce the restrictions that have been put in place,” stressed the minister.

Failure to comply with regulations set by the government, the ministry of health will not hesitate to close down and take legal action on any business premises and restaurants.

Legal action will be taken against the public who disregards or violates the rules and directive, the minister concluded.

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

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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