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

Fifty seven patients who had previously recovered from the coronavirus infection have been retested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, with three more cases testing positive for the COVID-19 virus again, the Minister of Health announced.

Speaking during a press conference, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar explained that the recovered patients that had undergone re-testing were those discharged from the National Isolation Centre (NIC) for more than 11 days.

“The result of today’s tests have shown that three more cases who had previously recovered are tested positive again, bringing the total number of cases to be tested positive again to 11 patients and 42 remains negative,” he said.

Meanwhile, four patients are still waiting for their test results.

The minister added that those who tested positive again for the virus have been readmitted to the NIC, with their close family contacts requiring to undergo laboratory testing and re-quarantined for 14 days.

“So far, Alhamdulilah the results of the tests that have been conducted among the close family contacts were all found to be negative,” he continued.

YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham went on to remind the public to continue their social responsibilities, by falling in line with the preventative measures enacted by the government adding that “the situation and statistics of the COVID-19 outbreak in recent days have shown success in the country’s control efforts”.

“Even though our country has not implemented any movement restrictions like in other countries, the public is reminded to always practice physical distancing and comply to the current mass gathering restrictions stipulated under the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204),” the minister concluded.

0 new cases, 0 recoveries

During the press conference, YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham proceeded to reveal that no new cases of COVID-19 infection or recovered cases were reported in the sultanate, which brings the national tally for COVID-19 cases and number of recovered cases to remain at 136 and 107 cases respectively.

A total of 28 active cases are still being treated at the NIC, where two individuals are still in critical condition, with both requiring respiratory and heart/lung machine (ECMO) assistance.

At this time, 2,390 individuals have completed their quarantine, while 85 individuals are currently undergoing quarantine.

In the past 24 hours, a total of 183 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 10,350 tests.

For further information and latest update, 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.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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