Brunei announces nationwide survey to assess Covid-19 situation, no new cases for two weeks


  • Brunei
  • Sunday, 03 May 2020

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham Haji Jaafar speaking at the press conference in Bandar Seri Begawan. The Ministry of Health (MoH) will launch a nationwide survey from tomorrow to extend Covid-19 (coronavirus) surveillance among citizens and residents of Brunei. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: The Ministry of Health (MoH) will launch a nationwide survey from Monday (May 4) to extend Covid-19 (coronavirus) surveillance among citizens and residents of Brunei.

The survey, to be conducted for a week, is open to anyone visiting selected health centres where the survey is conducted.

The survey involves taking blood samples which is similar to that of a blood sugar test at home. The result will be available in 15 minutes.

These details were revealed by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohdd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at a press conference yin the city on Sunday (May 3)

“If a person tests positive for the antibody for the virus after the survey, it means the individual has been exposed to the virus without his/her knowledge. This reveals that there is some form of community spread. Then we have to come up with a different strategy on how to manage it," he said.

Brunei reported no new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday morning with the national tally of cases standing at 138, marking the 13th day in a row without new cases since April 19.

According to Brunei's Ministry of Health, two more recoveries were recorded on Saturday, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 126.

The number of active cases still being treated at the National Isolation Centre decreased to 11.

Two patients are still in critical condition and both require Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and respiratory assistance. The rest are in a stable condition.

There has been one death resulting from the Covid-19 in Brunei thus far.

The ministry added that so far 56 individuals are still undergoing quarantine and 2,519 people have completed the quarantine period. Some 13,924 laboratory tests for the virus have been conducted. - Borneo Bulletin/Asian News Network
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