No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the sultanate on Saturday with the national tally to remain at 141 cases, announced the minister of health.
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar in a press conference also announced that the total number of cases that have recovered from the novel coronavirus is 138 individuals.
Meanwhile, only one case is still being treated at the National Isolation Centre and in critical condition, requiring a heart/lung machine (ECMO) as well as respiratory assistance.
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 from January 2020 to 19,130.
BruHealth app updates
The tracing app has accumulated 249,869 registered users including a total of 4,355 businesses and premises already on the platform, said the minister.
YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham also encouraged members of the public who have not registered on the BruHealth app to download and register.
“The public’s cooperation in the use of the app and the scanning of the QR Code at entry and exit points at premises will help ensure the safety of the public including merchants and customers,” he said, adding that it also facilitates the ministry to conduct contact tracing in case of an outbreak.
The minister went on to announce that following the opening of mosques and prayer halls nationwide on May 29, a total of 41,381 individuals had made reservations through the BruHealth app to attend Friday prayers.
“For the upcoming Friday prayers, reservations can be made every Monday from 12 noon until the following Friday before 12 noon,” the minister said.
Be wary of fake news
YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham clarified that the recent news spread through WhatsApp recently is false and has been distributed by irresponsible parties.
The false information stated that a former positive COVID-19 patient who attended an open house event, was subsequently confirmed positive and the whole family who attended the event was called in to undergo tests.
The minister advised the public not to worry about the information.
“At present, no new case of COVID-19 infections has been detected in Brunei Darussalam,” stressed YB Bato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham.
Additionally, the ministry of health advises the public not to believe false information and news spread over the internet or through social media such as WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook.
The public are reminded to be more responsible and not to disseminate information not officially released 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 that disrupts public order is punishable by up to three-years of imprisonment and fined up to $3,000.
Alternatively, members of the public can also get the latest information on the COVID-19 situation in Brunei through the official GOV.BN channel on Telegram at https://t.me/govbnofficial
The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN