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

No new cases of COVID-19 infections were reported in the sultanate today, bringing the national tally of confirmed cases to remain at 138, the minister of health revealed.

Speaking during a press conference, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar said that one patient has recovered from the COVID-19 virus, totalling to 124 cases.

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

As of today, a total of 2,452 individuals have completed their quarantine, while 114 individuals are currently undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Disease Act (Chapter 204).

In the past 24 hours, a total of 168 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 13,149.

With regard to the cases that have recovered but found to be positive again during follow-up examination, the health minister revealed that no recovered patients have re-tested positive.

In addition, this brings the total number of such cases to 21 individuals as of today, of which eight individuals are still undergoing further examination and testing.

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

Minister of Religious Affairs, Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Othman during a press conference at the Ministry of Health. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Mosque closure and zakat payment

Also in attendance at the press conference was Minister of Religious Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Othman.

The minister announced that mosque closures that were slated to end tonight at Isya’ will be extended for another week until May 4.

Moreover, YB Pehin Dato Ustaz Hj Badaruddin also announced that Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB) has released the timings for zakat (tithe) payment at the foyers or verandas of mosques, suraus and religious halls nationwide.

The collection of Zakat Fitrah (tithe paid in Ramadhan) and Zakat Harta (property tithe) will start at 8.30am until 11am and from 1pm to 3pm daily.

For ease of zakat payments, the religious affairs ministry is set to arrange for scheduled collections to be made at the main buildings of other ministries with the presence of amils from MUIB.

The ministry would like to advise the public to pay their zakat as early as possible to avoid crowding and long queues where previously people would go at the last minute on the eve of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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