Development of Pneumonia Cases in Wuhan, China

Following the Ministry of Health's press release on the 6th of January 2020 on pneumonia cases in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, the ministry informs that currently, there are no cases of severe acute respiratory infections, linked to the events in China, detected in Brunei Darussalam.

On the 11th of January, authorities in China confirmed the discovery of a new coronavirus known as 2019-nCoV. As of 1 this morning, 554 cases were confirmed to be infected with the virus in China, where 17 people had died, and many provinces in China reported cases of the infection, including Taiwan and Macau.

Apart from that, the virus infection was also confirmed at several other countries namely Thailand, Japan, South Korea and the United States. All cases that are reported outside of China have travel history to Wuhan, China in a period of 14 days before displaying any symptoms. There are also several unconfirmed cases in other countries. Currently, the cause of the infections is still unknown and international health organisations are working with the involved countries to understand the nature of the infection and how it is controlled. There are also reports of the virus spreading through human to human transmission.

In this regard, the Ministry of Health is stepping precautionary measures at the country's main entrance by reintroducing the temperature checks for arriving passengers, especially from cities in China. The use of thermal scanning has begun at the Brunei International Airport on the 21st of January 2020. In addition, the Health Declaration Form will also be used for flights arriving from cities in China. Member of the public are advised to avoid or delay travel to places known to be involved in the 2019-nCoV virus infection.

As precautionary measures, the general public are also reminded to maintain good health practices at all times. Avoid touching sick animals and eating raw or undercooked meats; avoid close contact with people who are unwell or displaying symptoms such as fever, coughing or difficulty in breathing; frequently wash hands with soap and clean water, especially before handling food, before eating, after using the toilet, or after coughing or sneezing. The public are also advised to wear masks if displaying respiratory symptoms such as coughing or sneezing; cover mouth with tissue while coughing or sneezing; and seek medical treatment if feeling unwell. For more information, contact Talian Darussalam 123 or visit the website at 'www.moh.gov.bn'.

Source: Radio Television Brunei