Four Brunei students in Egypt test positive for Covid-19; one more imported cases reported


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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, May 15 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): The Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) announced that four Bruneian students in Egypt were found to be Covid-19 positive. This was based on information from the Education and Cultural Attache’ of the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Egypt.

This was announced by Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman yesterday.

The minister said all Bruneian students in Cairo underwent swab tests in phases and ordered to self-isolate at their residence. Fifteen students have taken swab tests.

MoRA, the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Brunei Embassy are closely monitoring the situation.

The minister said the Covid-19 positive students did not develop any symptoms and are in good condition.

Students in Egypt are urged to adhere to standard operating procedures and advised to update officers supervising them in the country.

Parents, guardians and families of the students are urged to not be alarmed by the news.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said Egypt is currently in the third wave of COVID-19 where close to 240,000 cases have been recorded with 13,000 deaths.

The Minister of Religious Affairs said there are 196 students studying in Egypt but are currently in Brunei. They will sit for examinations online next month and some will sit for Hafazan Al-Quran later this month.

Efforts are being made to postpone the exams like in the previous semester.

Brunei reported one new confirmed case of Covid-19 and bringing the national tally to 232.

According to Brunei's Ministry of Health, Case 232 is a 24-year-old woman who arrived in the country from Jakarta on April 29,2021. She has fever since May 11,2021. Investigation and contact tracing have confirmed no close contacts for this case, as she was quarantined upon arrival in the country.

The new case is being treated and monitored at the National Isolation Center with the other eight active cases, who are all in a stable condition.

With the detection of this case, a total of 91 imported cases have been confirmed since the last local infection case on May 6,2020. Brunei has recorded 372 days without local Covid-19 infection cases.

There have been three deaths and 220 recovered patients reported from Covid-19 so far in Brunei. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN

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