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

The ministry of health today announced payment charges for attaining a COVID-19 swab test for individuals who are allowed to cross borders.

This is following the recent pandemic development where several countries have begun to ease travel restrictions and allowing authorised foreigners to enter provided they follow specific conditions.

Speaking during the daily press conference, the minister of health Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar said that some of the conditions that travellers need to adhere include getting a swab test with negative results before they are given permission to enter a country.

“The ministry has received an increase in requests for swab tests for individuals who have permission from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to travel overseas due to several reasons,” the minister said.

A mman looking at flight schedule at the airport. Image: The Bruneian

Furthermore, individuals need to pay for their swab tests prior to leaving the country and the payments are as follows;

● Citizens and permanent residents are required to pay $100;

●Non-citizens including those holding green identity cards are required to pay $200.

Meanwhile, some individuals will be exempted from paying their swab tests and they are;

●Local and permanent resident students, including scholarship and private students who are continuing or furthering their studies,

●Government officers on official business and those who have permission to travel from the ministry of health

Zero cases, no recoveries

The sultanate saw no new positive cases of COVID-19 again with the national tally to remain at 141, the health minister announced.

YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham also shared that no individuals are currently undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204).

However, a total of 432 individuals who recently returned from overseas are currently undergoing mandatory self-isolation at monitoring centres provided by the government.

Currently, a total of 2,823 individuals have completed self-isolation at the monitoring centres.

In the past 24 hours, a total of 275 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted from January 2020 to 26,848.

BruHealth updates

The health minister also revealed that the BruHealth tracing app has accumulated 398,295 registered as users, with a total of 10,391 businesses and premises already on the platform.

Meanwhile, a total of 4,171 business premises have downloaded the PremiseScan application.

The newly-launched BruHealth app. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The minister went on to inform that all premises are advised to download the application to facilitate the QR code scanning especially for those who do not have access to mobile phone devices to enter premises.

For further information and latest development, visit MoH’s website www.moh.gov.bn or call its Health Advice Line 148 or through the web platform healthinfo.gov.bn or through the BruHealth App.

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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