2 More New Covid-19 Cases Confirmed, Bringing Total To 56

Two more new cases were confirmed to be COVID-19 positive yesterday, bringing the total number of cases to 56. The latest update was shared by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doktor Haji Awang Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar, Minister of Health during a media conference with Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism; Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, Minister of Education, yesterday afternoon.

Case 55, aged 21 is the second generation to the tabligh cluster in Kuala Lumpur, of which the case is not directly infected by the tabligh congregants attending the gathering in Kuala Lumpur. They are infected through a case that is closely related to the tabligh congregants. The case is currently undergoing isolation at the National Isolation Centre in Tutong.

Case 56 is a 17 year old local man. The case did not join the tabligh gathering in Kuala Lumpur but attended a tabligh gathering on the 5th March 2020 in Brunei Darussalam which was also attended by a number of congregants who were at the tabligh gathering in Kuala Lumpur.

The Ministry of Health informs the public that all the confirmed cases are being treated at the National Isolation Centre. Currently, two of them are in critical condition, requiring intubation and currently being treated at the centre's Intensive Care Unit. Meanwhile another case is under close scrutiny, while the rest are in good and stable conditions.

The Ministry of Health is still actively carrying out contact tracing for each case. To date, 1,257 people have been instructed to undergo quarantine according to the Infectious Diseases Act, Chapter 204. Meanwhile, 23 people have completed their quarantine period at the National Isolation Centre and are well. Since early January 2020, 1 thousand 536 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been conducted.

The Ministry of Health also informs that 9 of the tabligh congregants from Brunei Darussalam who are still in Kuala Lumpur, have undergone laboratory tests for COVID-19. 4 of them have been confirmed positive and another confirmed negative. They are currently being treated at Hospital Sungai Buloh and Hospital Besar Kuala Lumpur. Meanwhile, 4 others are still waiting for the test results and is currently undergoing quarantine at Masjid Jamek Seri Petaling, in Selangor.

Following last night's announcement on the closure of a number of premises, the Ministry of Health also informs that all cinemas will also be closed starting tomorrow, 18th of March 2020.

The Ministry of Health has also reviewed the measures to control the entry of visitors such as:

- Maintaining the entry ban to Brunei Darussalam for visitors arriving from Hubei province, People's Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Iran, and expanding it to the whole of Europe, including United Kingdom. The ban is for those arriving from the relevant countries within a 14 day period prior to their date of arrival to Brunei Darussalam and is exempted for Brunei Darussalam citizens and residents.

- Requiring anyone arriving in the country from any country to undergo 14 days self-isolation as soon as they arrive in Brunei Darussalam. This means the risk categorisation for COVID-19 affected countries is no longer in use.

In this regard, any foreigners residing outside Brunei Darussalam and commuting to work in the country via land, or those residing in Brunei Darussalam and commuting to work outside the country, and those who have applied to the Prime Minister's Office for exit or entry from Brunei Darussalam via land, they are given permission to do so for only one month, and to re-apply if needed.

Companies registered in Brunei Darussalam are not required to apply for exit country for business or goods delivery purposes. This is also true for foreign companies that are entering and exiting Brunei Darussalam for business purposes.

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 148 at any time.

The Ministry of Health also expresses its highest appreciation towards to all frontliners, officers and staff from all ministries, all agencies, individuals as well as volunteers for efforts in curbing COVID-19 infection in the country.

Source: Radio Television Brunei