Media Conference on Latest Covid-19 Situation

Another new case has been confirmed positive for COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the total number of cases to 127 to-date. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar, Minister of Health shared the latest update on the COVID-19 situation in a media conference with Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of religious Affairs and Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy, yesterday afternoon.

Case 127, is a 3 year old, the child of Case 120. The child does not have any overseas travel history and had high fever on the 21st of March 2020. The Ministry of Health also informed that four more cases which were treated at the National Isolation Centre have recovered and allowed to return home, bringing the total recovered cases to 38. This means 88 cases are still being treated at the National Isolation Centre. However, today, one of the patients under close monitoring is now in critical condition. This brings the total number of critical cases and requiring respiratory assistance, at the Centre’s Intensive Care Unit to three. Meanwhile, another patient is under close monitoring and the rest are well.

The Ministry of Health wishes to inform that 4 of the 9 tabligh congregants who were in Kuala Lumpur have returned to Brunei Darussalam on the 29th of March 2020. The four of them were confirmed to be positive for COVID-19 while in Kuala Lumpur and received treatment at hospitals in Kuala Lumpur. Brunei Darussalam’s Ministry of Health will continue to monitor their health to ensure that they are well, based on their respective risk assessments.

To date, 829 people are still undergoing quarantine. One thousand 389 people have completed their quarantine and are well. Since early January 2020, 5 thousand 980 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been conducted.

531 people have registered for mandatory self-isolation at home after arriving in the country following international travels, of which 346 of them are students. A large number of them have presented themselves for COVID-19 laboratory tests. It was once again emphasised that anyone who have not undergone the laboratory tests are advised to go to the Sports Complex at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital immediately.

In this regard, the Ministry of Health is also actively conducting COVID-19 lab tests on those who are currently undergoing mandatory self-isolation at facilities provided by the government. To-date 1 thousand 425 people are registered at those facilities with one thousand 51, which is about 72 percent, having gone through lab tests. Anyone found to be positive for COVID-19 have been brought to the National Isolation Centre for treatment.

Meanwhile, the ministry also requests the cooperation of anyone who have undergone the lab tests to ensure the mobile phone number given to the staff is correct and can receive Short Message Service, SMS. This is because the Ministry of Health will send the lab test results through SMS as soon as the results are obtained. The initiative started on the 28th of March and is still in its trial phase. Therefore, there may be a slight delay in sending the SMS. Meanwhile, anyone who had received a call from the Ministry of Health for their lab test results will no longer received the result through SMS.

Touching on the viral message on the contact tracing for one of the cases confirmed to be positive for COVID-19, the Ministry of Health informs that the case has been admitted to the National Isolation Centre for treatment since the 28th of March and has remained at the centre since the date of admission. However, to help the investigation on the case further, the ministry is requesting for anyone having contact with the case between the 10th and 15th of March to contact 2380665 or 8163065 during office hours only. The cooperation and consideration of the public are also requested in stopping the spread of the message in respect of the case’s privacy.

The Ministry of Health also informed that the additional virology laboratory located at Jalan Sumbiling, Bandar Seri Begawan is now completed and will be4 operational on the 1st of April 2020. The project between the Ministry of Development and Ministry of Health began on the 17th of March 2020 and is conducted by a local contractor company, LSL Sdn Bhd in collaboration with the Beijing Genomic Institution (BGI). The additional virology laboratory will increase capacity and expedite the process of COVID-19 laboratory tests in the country.

For more information and the latest development, visit the Ministry of Health’s website at www.moh.gov.bn or call the Health Advice Line at any time, or through the application healthinfo.gov.bn

Source: Radio Television Brunei