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

No new cases of COVID-19 infection have been reported in the sultanate today, maintaining the national tally to 138 confirmed cases, the minister of health announced.

Speaking during a press conference, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar also revealed that no recoveries were recorded today, maintaining a total of 116 recovered cases.

Twenty-one patients are still under treatment at the National Isolation Cente (NIC), where two patients are still in critical condition, with both requiring respiratory and heart/lung machine (ECMO) assistance.

As of today, a total of 2408 individuals have completed their quarantine, while 139 individuals are currently undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Disease Act (Chapter 204).

Additionally, in the past 24 hours, a total of 273 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 11,906 tests.

Meanwhile, no recovered patients have been re-admitted to the NIC, the health minister added.

The minister also revealed that the total number of re-admitted cases to 18 individuals; one individual is allowed to return home while 12 individuals are undergoing further examination and testing.

During the press conference, YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham advised members of the public who are visiting patients in hospitals to follow the rules and regulations set.

As a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection in hospitals, the minister added, any visitors or caregivers who are unwell will not be allowed to enter the hospital, while those at high risk are not encouraged to visit patients.

Furthermore, the public is also advised not to visit in large groups and to limit the length of time of the visit.

For further information and latest development, visit MoH’s website 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 GOV.BN official channel on Telegram at https://t.me/govbnofficial

Pension payment to continue drive-thru system

Also sharing the session was Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Amin Liew Abdullah who announced that the Ministry of Finance and Economy will continue the drive-thru payment system for service and derivative pension recipients this month.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah during a press conference at the Ministry of Health. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

“To date, a total of 1534 recipients have chosen to receive their payments through banks, however, 2612 recipients have not yet submitted their bank account numbers to the Treasury Department at the Prime Minister’s Office,” he revealed.

The collection points for April pension payment will be at the International Convention Centre (Brunei-Muara); Tutong Community Hall (Tutong); Kuala Belait Convention Centre (Belait) and Treasury Department (Temburong).

As it falls during Ramadhan, the payment process will run for three days, from April 28 – 30 starting from 7.30am to 1pm.

Recipients are also reminded to bring their original identification cards for verification purposes.

Pensioners collecting their pensions via drive-thru at the International Convention Centre, Berakas in March. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

YB Dato Dr Hj Mohd Amin also reminded recipients that an option has been provided for service and derivative pension recipients to receive payment via banks.

“At the same time, recipients who have bank account booklets but have not registered them to the Treasury Department are advised to bring a copy of the booklet for the following month’s payment process,” he said.

Meanwhile, those receiving payments after April 30 will be done at the Ministry of Finance and Economy building for Brunei-Muara recipients, and at the Treasury Department branches for the recipients of other districts.

Pensioners collecting their pensions via drive-thru at the International Convention Centre, Berakas in March. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

He then proceeded to remind recipients to obey the directives issued by relevant authorities that will assist in queuing of lines as well as the advice issued by the Ministry of Health, emphasising on the urgency of avoiding mass gathering.

For any enquiries on the new payment processes, the public can contact the relevant parties through 2380822 or 2383469.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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