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

No new cases of the COVID-19 virus were reported in the sultanate today, leading the total number of coronavirus infections to remain at 135, the Minister of Health announced.

Speaking during a press conference, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar also revealed that three more individuals have recovered from the infection, and have been allowed to return home.

This brings the number of recoveries in the sultanate to 85 cases, continued the minister, adding that from the total number of recoveries, 74 are adults, while 11 are children below the age of 12 years old, including the youngest patient, a six-month old baby.

“With that, cases involving children below the age of 12 years old have all recovered and allowed to return to their respective homes,” he said.

“Even though today is the third consecutive day Brunei has not reported any new case of the COVID-19 and the status of the outbreak is under control, however, the spread of the COVID-19 infection has not ended,” continued YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham.

There are 49 cases still being treated at the National Isolation Centre, and of these two patients are still in critical condition where one still requires heart/lung machine (ECMO) assistance.

Meanwhile one patient is still under close monitoring.

As of today, a total of 2,237 individuals have completed their quarantine in accordance to the Infectious Disease Act (Chapter 204) and only 138 individuals who are still undergoing quarantine.

Source: Ministry of Health

“Meanwhile in the past 24-hours, a total of 184 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is the virus that causes the COVID-19, bringing the total number of laboratory tests to 8,445 tests since January 2020,” added the minister.

He then went on to remind the public on the importance of practicing the advices and recommendation released by the MoH, primarily re-emphasising the urgency of avoiding mass gatherings.

“This includes avoiding gatherings at any premises that may be an offence under the Infectious Disease Act (Chapter 204), where failure to comply with the directive and if convicted, could result in fines of not exceeding $10,000 or imprisonment of not more than six months, or both,” he said.

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

Updates on the COVID-19 Relief Fund

Also sharing the session was Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Seti Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah.

During the press conference, he reported that as of April 7 at 5pm, the COVID-19 Relief Fund has collected $4,029,001.32 worth of contributions from members of the public.

He then called on the public to continuously support and contribute to the relief fund, in order to effectively combat the COVID-19 outbreak affecting the nation.

Half-price discount on glutinous rice

YB Dato Dr Hj Mohd Amin also announced a 50 per cent discount on glutinous rice (beras pulut) for a month which is applicable to all food micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and self-employed businesses effective April 8, in an effort to shoulder some of the economic burden caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

He said that the move was to particularly help businesses that make traditional cakes using glutinous rice such as wajid and seri muka, in light of the cancellations of wedding events and the Ramadhan market which was announced recently.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah during a press conference at the Ministry of Health. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

According to the minister, a 10kg bag of glutinous rice will now be priced at $3.80 instead of the initial $7.80, and will be available at the State Supply and Store Complex, manned by the Treasury Department.

“I urge (businesses) not to abuse this initiative and if found guilty, the Ministry of Finance and Economy will not hesitate to take action,” he added.

For more information, the public can contact the Treasure Department at 2383666 ext 7788 or email ap.stro@treasury.gov.bn to place a reservation and an agreement of attendance at the State Supply and Store Complex.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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