3 More New COVID-19 Cases have been Comfirmed

In a media conference yesterday afternoon, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar, Minister of Health confirmed 3 more cases of the infection.

In the Ministry of Health's statement, Yang Berhormat said the 3 news cases bring to 40 the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country. Yang Berhormat added all the new cases are related to the Tabligh or religious gathering cluster in Kuala Lumpur. One of them is a Tabligh member while the other two are family members of the Tabligh group already confirmed as being infected by COVID-19. Case 38 is is a 17 year old local male who is no longer studying and unemployed. He was at the Kuala Lumpur Tabligh gathering and had returned home on 3 March 2020 on an Air Asia flight to Miri, Sarawak. He has no signs of infection. Case 39 who is 38 years old is the sister-in-law of Case 13 and wife of Case 33. She attended a family dinner with Case 13 and Case 33 on 4 March 2020. She has no history of travel to Kuala Lumpur and no symptoms of infection. Case 40 who is nine months old is the daughter of Case 15 who has no history of travel to Kuala Lumpur and no signs of infection. The Ministry of Health would like to to inform the public that (Alhamdulillah-All Praise To Allah), all cases being treated at the National Isolation Centre are in good and stable condition, do not currently experience fever and do not require the aid of a respirator. The Ministry of Health continues to carry out contact tracings for each case. To date, 638 people have been instructed to undergo quarantine according to the Infectious Diseases Act, Chapter 204. Meanwhile, since the COVID-19 pandemic began in early January 2020, 776 laboratory tests have been conducted. The Ministry of Health would like to inform the public that all local citizens who attended the Tabligh gathering in Kuala Lumpur have been traced and 76 from the total number of 85 have returned home and undergone laboratory tests for COVID-19. 19 of them have been found positive and 57 other negative. Meanwhile, 9 others are still in Kuala Lumpur where 8 of them are under quarantine and awaiting laboratory results for COVID-19. A Brunei student who has been found to be COVID-19 negative is under quarantine at Sungai Buloh Hospital in Selangor.

Members of the public, especially Tabligh groups reminded not to take part in any mass tabligh gathering during this time, including the Tabligh gathering that will be held on 19 to 22 March 2020 in Makatto, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. The Ministry of Health would like to remind the public that although yesterday's new cases do not indicate a big increase, many contacts are still undergoing quarantine and there are possibilities that more new positive cases could be traced. At the same time, the trend of the viral infection in other countries around the world has shown a drastic increase and even though the COVID-19 situation in the country is under control, the risk of the virus entering and becoming viral in the country still exists. In this regard, the Ministry of Health has studied the 'risk categorisation' of countries affected by COVID-19 and the public are advised to refer to the Ministry of Health's website for the latest list. For further information and the latest developments, the public can visit the Ministry of Health's website at 'www.moh.gov.bn' or contact Health Advice Line 148 at any time.

Source: Radio Television Brunei