The Ministry of Health (MoH) announced one new case of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the national total to 138 cases.

Case 138 is a close contact of case 33. The 50-year-old has no travel history abroad and shows no symptoms of infection.

She initially underwent laboratory tests on March 13 and tested negative for the virus following the positive result of case 33.

However, she tested positive after a follow-up examination for case 33 on April 18. Case 138 is still under further investigation.

Speaking during a press conference, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar said that another two individuals have recovered from the COVID-19 virus, bringing the total number of recovered cases in the sultanate to 115.

A total of 22 active cases are still being treated at the National Isolation Cente (NIC), where two individuals are still in critical condition, with both requiring respiratory and heart/lung machine (ECMO) assistance.

As of today, a total of 2408 individuals have completed their quarantine, while 125 individuals are currently undergoing quarantine in accordance to the Infectious Disease Act (Chapter 204).

In the past 24 hours, a total of 218 samples have been tested for SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 11,472 tests.

Meanwhile, two more recovered patients have been readmitted to the NIC after they tested positive during a follow-up examination, the Minister of Health revealed.

“This brings the total number of readmitted cases to 18 individuals. Of these, one individual is allowed to return home while 13 individuals are undergoing further examination and testing,” the minister added.

During the press conference, YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham reminded the public that any mass gatherings held in public places such as recreational parks and beaches are prohibited.

The Health Minister proceeded to remind the public to carry out their social responsibilities and take precautionary measures as the new case today proved that the country is still under threat to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We must remain vigilant and not to be complacent and always obey the directives and advice issued by the government,” added the minister.

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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