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

A total of 84,525 individuals have registered as users with the newly-introduced BruHealth app as of Saturday, announced the ministry of health.

Health Minister Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar in a press conference revealed that some 1,317 businesses and premises are onboard the platform already.

“As previously announced by the minister of religious affairs regarding mosques re-opening during Friday prayers, this app shall also be used for exit and entry into the mosque,” he said.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam recently has consented to ease COVID-19 social distancing restrictions in selected public and commercial areas the sultanate beginning May 16.

Six types of premises have been identified to be given access in the first phase of the reduction of measures namely; driving schools; gyms and fitness centres; sports facilities (indoor and outdoor); golf courses; restaurants, cafes and food courts; stalls and markets.

BruHealth colour codes

There are two categories of the tracing app to be used separately by businesses and the public.

Businesses are required to register for the ‘BruHealth QR Code’ while customers must download the BruHealth app and are required to scan before entering and leaving a premise.

Entry will be subjected to the individual’s colour code; Green and Yellow are allowed; Red, Blue and Purple are prohibited.

Source: Ministry of Health
  • Green code – Healthy and Safe. This means that users are allowed to enter business premises or participate in activities.
  • Yellow code – Mild risk and please take extra precautions. Users can still enter business premises or participate in activities but with extra caution. Users are also advised to avoid confined and crowded places.
  • Red code – Individuals with influenza-like symptoms or has a travel history or contact with a positive patient.
  • Blue code – Recovered patient and still undergoing the 14-day quarantine period.
  • Purple code – Confirmed COVID-19 patient.

One recovery, zero cases

The health minister also announced that one patient has recovered from the COVID-19 infection bringing the total number of recoveries to 136.

Furthermore, no new cases have been confirmed in the sultanate with the national tally to remain at 141 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 187 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted from January 2020 to 16, 892 tests.

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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