Minister of Health Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar in a press conference. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

One recovered case who had relapsed and was re-admitted to the National Isolation Centre (NIC) recently, was allowed to return home today, after testing negative for the coronavirus in a follow-up examination, the Minister of Health revealed.

Speaking during a press conference, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar said that the patient had undergone a follow-up laboratory test – a recently imposed requirement for those that have recovered from the infection – and tested negative for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

“However, as a precautionary measure, the case will undergo self-isolation for another 14 days at home,” he added.

Addressing questions from the media, the minister explained that the scenarios in which recovered patients testing positive after being discharged are most likely due to a residual viral load within the patient, rather than a re-infection.

“We don’t think that it is an active virus, because tests conducted among their close family contacts were all negative, and this falls in line with what has been experienced by our neighbouring countries and countries like China and Korea,” he pointed out.

“So far, it does not seem that the recovered cases are infectious,” continued YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham, adding that due to the novelty of the COVID-19 virus, much of its behaviour is still being studied.

The health minister went on to say that to ensure the safety of the public, recovered cases will be equipped with a tracking device in the near future, which will enable the ministry to monitor their movements, in order to make certain that they remain at home.

Source: Ministry of Health

0 new cases, 1 new recovery

During the press conference, YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham also revealed that no new case of COVID-19 infection was reported in the sultanate, leading the national tally of COVID-19 cases to remain at 136.

Meanwhile, one (1) case has recovered and allowed to return home, bringing the total number of cases recovered to 108 cases, with 27 active cases still being treated at the NIC, where two individuals are still in critical condition, with both requiring heart/lung machine (ECMO) and respiratory assistance.

At this time, 81 individuals are currently undergoing quarantine in accordance to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and a total of 2,394 individuals have completed their quarantine.

In the past 24 hours, 229 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 10,579 tests, which brings a ratio of 1 in 41 people have undergone the COVID-19 test.

For further information and latest updates, members of the public can visit the official website of the Ministry of Health at www.moh.gov.bn or by contacting the Health Advice Line 148 (operating 24-hours) or through the web application healthinfo.gov.bn.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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