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

No new cases of COVID-19 infection have been confirmed in the sultanate today with the total number of cases to remain at 141.

Health Minister Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar in a press conference said that no patients have recovered from the novel coronavirus, maintaining the number of recoveries to stand at 136.

“Only four active cases are still receiving treatment at the National Isolation Centre where two are still in critical condition,” he said.

He added: “Only one of them (critical cases) still requires the heart/lung machine (ECMO) as well as respiratory assistance, while the other is only on respiratory assistance.”

Meanwhile, the rest are in stable condition.

As of today, a total of 2,578 individuals have completed their quarantine, while 101 individuals are currently undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Disease Act (Chapter 204).

In the past 24 hours, a total of 329 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted from January 2020 to 17, 221 tests.

BruHealth app updates

Furthermore, the minister also revealed that a total of 119, 477 people have registered with the newly-introduced BruHealth app as of Sunday.

YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar said some 1,492 businesses and premises are onboard the platform.

The minister also reminded that all restaurants and premises with dine-in seatings to comply with the set requirements by the government.

“Do not accept customers more than 30 per cent (seating) capacity and ensure that customers have the correct colour codes before entering the premises,” stressed the minister.

He also encouraged businesses and premises to display their QR codes at the entrance or payment counter for easy scanning upon entry and exit.

“Although we have begun to reduce the restrictions, the ministry would like to remind the public to continue to carry out their social responsibilities of not organising mass gatherings or meeting in large groups,” he said.

The public must observe physical distancing at all times and only leave the house when needed especially for high-risk individuals such as the elderly and children, and to practice proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, the minister added.

“This is to avoid the possibility of spreading the infection and also to enable us to reduce the mitigation measures in the next phases in the future,” concluded the minister.

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

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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