Minister of Health, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar during a press conference at the Ministry of Health on 09/04/2020. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

No new cases of the COVID-19 infection were reported in the sultanate today for the fifth consecutive day, leaving the national tally to remain at 135 cases, announced the minister of health.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar in a press conference said that one more case treated at the National Isolation Centre have recovered and returned home, bringing a total number of recoveries to 92.

To date, 42 cases are still being treated at the National Isolation Centre, where two are still in critical condition requiring respiratory and heart/lung machine assistance.

As of today, a total of 2,293 individuals have completed their quarantine in accordance to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and only 91 individuals are still under quarantine. 

Meanwhile, in the past 24 hours, a total of 337 samples have been tested for the virus SARS-CoV-2 that brings the total amount of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 8,985.

Source: Ministry of Health

Random lab tests for foreign workers

The minister also revealed that a total of 374 random tests have been conducted among foreign workers as part of the health ministry’s efforts in enhancing the surveillance of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

“All tests results are negative so far,” said YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham, adding that the lab tests for the workers as well as specific groups were in collaboration with Ministry of Home Affairs.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle

Moreover, the ministry reminded the public to engage an active lifestyle of at least 30 minutes a day for adults and 60 minutes a day for children.

“This is to maintain the health of the body and to curb non-communicable diseases which can be prevented by practicing physical activity,” said the minister.

File photo of participants warming up during the previous Walk, Run & Cycle and carnival in conjunction with World Heart Day at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

He added: “Physical activities can be done individually either indoors, around the yard or in recreational parks and not in groups, and to always practice physical distancing.”

For further information and latest updates, members of the public can visit the official website of the Ministry of Health at www.moh.gov.bn or by contacting the Health Advice Line 148 (operating 24-hours) or through the web application healthinfo.gov.bn 

The Bruneian |BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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