Minister of Health, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Isham Hj Jaafar during a press conference at the Ministry of Health. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

One new case of the COVID-19 virus was reported in the sultanate today, bringing the national total to 136 cases, announced the Minister of Health.

Speaking during a press conference, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar also reported the recovery of seven more cases, which brings the total number of recoveries in the sultanate to 99 individuals.

Case 136 is a local male student who came back from Indonesia via Malaysia Airlines flight MH0872 (Seat 3A) to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 7.

The 28 year old returned to the sultanate on board Royal Brunei Airlines flight BI874 (Seat 36D) on April 8. He did not show any symptoms of infection.

Currently, 36 cases are still being treated at the National Isolation Centre and of these, two patients are in critical condition requiring respiratory and heart/lung machine assistance (ECMO).

As of today, a total of 2,308 individuals have completed their quarantine in accordance to the Infectious Disease Act (Chapter 204) and only 74 individuals are still undergoing quarantine.

Source: Ministry of Health

The minister added that in the past 24-hours, a total of 357 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is the virus that causes the COVID-19, bringing the total number of laboratory tests to 9,342 since January 2020.

“The new case announced today proves that the country is still under threat to the COVID-19 outbreak particularly through imported cases.”

YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham reminded the public to remain vigilant, not to be complacent and to continue to abide the precautionary measures to reduce the risk of spreading the disease.

“This includes practising social and physical distancing particularly in public areas such as shopping centres, markets and retail stores.”

“The public must also adhere to the mass gathering restrictions and to practice personal and environmental hygiene at all times,” he added.

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.

Image: Courtesy of the Ministry of Health

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