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

For the fourth day in a row, no new cases of the COVID-19 virus were reported in the sultanate today, leaving the total number of coronavirus infection remaining at stand still with 135 cases, the Minister of Health announced.

Speaking during a press conference, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar also reported the recovery of six new cases, which brings the total number of recoveries in the sultanate to 91 individuals.

There are 43 cases still being treated at the National Isolation Centre, and of these, two patients are in critical condition requiring respiratory and heart/lung machine assistance.

As of today, a total of 2,281 individuals have completed their quarantine in accordance to the Infectious Disease Act (Chapter 204) and only 94 individuals who are still undergoing quarantine.

The minister added that in the past 24-hours, a total of 203 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 8,648 tests since January 2020.

“Even though today is the fourth consecutive day Brunei has not reported any new case of the COVID-19, the ministry would like to remind the public to continue carrying out their social responsibilities by adhering to the preventative measures (outlined by the government),” continued YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham.

“We all want the outbreak to be over as quickly as possible but it will be difficult to achieve without the cooperation of all parties (because) our country is still under threat of imported COVID-19 cases,” he added.

World Health Day: Support Nurses and Midwives

In conjunction with World Health Day which is observed annually on April 7, YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham proceeded to express his appreciation to all professional nurses and midwives across the sultanate.

He pointed out that professional nurses and midwives have provided exceptional service and healthcare to the Bruneian community, especially since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Brunei.

“Nurses and midwives are among the frontliners who have sacrificed a lot of their time and energy (to protect the community). They are individuals who have the willingness to take risks and face danger to provide care for their patients,” he added.

Source: Ministry of Health

The minister then called upon youths to follow the examples of those in the nursing and midwifery profession, adding that they are fields that hold honour and should be ventured into.

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.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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