Six contacts of the positive case reported in Malaysia recently, tested negative for COVID-19, said the minister of health.
During a press conference on Monday, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar said the individuals are currently undergoing quarantine.
“The case involves a 10-month-old Malaysian baby who traveled with family to visit their grandparents and uncle here in Brunei,” he said, adding that the family were in the sultanate since March and left for Malaysia on May 27.
“When they arrived here, there were already COVID-19 cases in Brunei and because of that, the family took precautionary measures and isolated themselves.”
YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham added that the family did not go out much and their daily necessities were purchased by the uncle.
“Whoever was in contact with them since March until they left have been identified and tested negative for the coronavirus,” he assured.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) also conducted a point-of-care test on the family to examine their anti-bodies, in case there was any evidence of a previous infection.
“The tests showed negative results so it is very unlikely that they got it from their family in Brunei,” he said, adding, “but how the baby caught the virus, we are not sure and are looking into other possibilities.”
Zero cases, no new recoveries
The minister went on to announce that no new cases of COVID-19 and recoveries were reported in the sultanate maintaining the national tally of 141 confirmed cases and 138 total recoveries.
Meanwhile, only one case is still being treated at the National Isolation Centre (NIC). The individual is currently in critical condition and requires a heart/lung machine (ECMO) as well as respiratory assistance.
In the past 24 hours, a total of 130 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted from January 2020 to 19,516.
BruHealth app updates
The tracing app has accumulated 258,832 registered users and a total of 4,635 businesses and premises already on the platform.
YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham encourages members of the public who have not registered on the BruHealth app to download and do so.
“The public’s cooperation on the use of the app and the scanning of QR Codes at entry and exit points at premises will help ensure their safety including the merchants’,” he said, adding that “it also facilitates the ministry to conduct contact tracing in the case of an outbreak.”
“Let us keep reminding each other on this matter,” he stressed.
During the press conference, the health minister went on to remind restaurant owners, stalls and food courts to ensure that their employees who are handling food, wear masks at all times.
“This is to reduce the risk of infection and to ensure the cleanliness of the food served to the customers,” he added.
Alternatively, members of the public can also get the latest information on the COVID-19 situation in Brunei through GOV.BN’s official Telegram channel at https://t.me/govbnofficial
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