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

No new cases of the COVID-19 infection reported in the sultanate today, giving the total number of confirmed cases to remain at 141.

Minister of Health in a press conference revealed that one patient has recovered from the novel coronavirus, totalling the number of recoveries to 132.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar said that the ministry is still conducting further investigations to identify the source of the infection and the contacts of Cases 139, 140 and 141

To date, 114 contacts of the cases have undergone SARS-COV-2 testing, of which 103 have tested negative.

“As stated in the press conference on Thursday, investigation of the case
showed that all three cases were infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in March 2020 and at present the patients do not have any signs of infection,” he said.

Currently, eight patients are receiving treatment at the National Isolation Center where two are still in critical condition.

However, only one of them still require heart / lung machine (ECMO) as well as respiratory assistance, and one case only requires respiratory assistance. Meanwhile, the rest are in a stable condition.

At present, a total of 2575 individuals have completed their quarantine, while 131 individuals are currently undergoing quarantine in accordance to the Infectious Disease Act (Chapter 204).

In the past 24 hours, 362 samples have been tested for SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 15,300 tests.

Be wary of fake news, no discrimination

The health minister further said that the ministry has been informed of several incidents of discrimination and fake news involving COVID-19 patients, whether they have recovered or newly infected, or discrimination in relation to their workplace.

“On this occasion, the Ministry of Health would like to remind the public not to discriminate against any patients or former patients and anyone associated with the three cases, including where they work,” added YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham.

He went on to say that such incidents should not have happened and instead, people should pray for their well-being and to be recovered of the COVID-19 disease.

The minister highlighted that the public should not be fooled and believed in information and news disseminated over the internet or through other media such as Whatsapp, Twitter and Facebook without ascertaining its authenticity.

The public is also reminded to be more responsible and do not disseminate anything that is not approved by the ministry of health.

The act of distributing inaccurate information, let alone falsely and deliberately by those who intend to mislead is an offence and may be prosecuted under the Public Order Act (Chapter 148), Section 34, whether orally or in writing or by any other means, disseminates false reports or makes false statements, resulting in disruptive public order is punishable by up to three-year imprisonment and fined up to $3,000.

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

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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