Brunei Darussalam recorded its first COVID-19 case this afternoon following initial test. This was stated by the Minister of Health in a press conference early this evening. The case involved a 53 year old local man, who returned to the country on the 3rd of this month from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with three friends. The patient is currently receiving treatment at the National Isolation Centre in Tutong District. The patient began experiencing joint pain, fever, cough and cold on the 7th of March and received treatment at the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital the next day.
As a monitoring measure, based on the patient's travel history to an affected country and displaying symptoms of respiratory infection, a test to detect COVID-19 was carried out. Initial test results revealed that the patient was positive for COVID-19. The Ministry of Health is still waiting for a confirmation test. Currently the patient is in stable condition and the ministry has taken immediate action by tracing and contacting all persons in contact with the patient including family members and the 3 travel companions. All family members living in the same house with the patient have been given notice to undergo 14-days quarantine and test to detect COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health will continue to maintain a high level of preparedness in preventing and controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam and Surveillance and Risk Assessment to detect any COVID-19 infection among the community have been increased within the past two weeks due to the increase in infections in the Asia-Pacific region.
In this regard, the Ministry of Health urges the public not to feel alarm or panic. As a precautionary measure, members of the public are reminded to maintain the following good practices at all times:
- Observe good personal hygiene;
- Practice frequent hand washing with soap and clean water or using hand sanitizers especially before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or after coughing or sneezing;
- Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose;
- Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately;
- Be responsible if showing symptoms of respiratory infection by getting treatment and rest at home and avoid visiting public areas or attending gatherings.
The Ministry of Healthy once again advises the public to postpone travel to affected countries. This is to control the spread of the virus to the country which has been known to cause infection between humans. The ministry of Health also requests the public's cooperation to be responsible and avoid from spreading unfounded and false information as well as respect the privacy of the patient and family involved.
The Ministry of Health will continue to monitor the progress of the outbreak through information obtained from the World Health Organisation, WHO. The Ministry of Health from time to time will update the public on any current developments and measures being implemented in the country.
For further information, members of the public can contact the Health Advice Line at 2381380 and 2381383 during office hours or Talian Darussalam 123 after office hours. For the latest updates on the COVID-19 infection, the public can visit the Ministry of Health's website at www.moh.gov.bn.
Source: Radio Television Brunei