Latest update on COVID-19 status in Brunei Darussalam

Latest update on COVID-19 status in Brunei Darussalam

The Ministry of Health of Brunei Darussalam would like to announce the first case study where the preliminary test was positively infected with COVID-19 this afternoon. The first case was a 53-year-old local man. The patient returned to the country on March 3, 2020 from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with three (3) friends. Currently, the patient is receiving treatment at the National Quarantine Center, Tutong.

Patients began to feel unwell, physical illness, fever, cough and cold on March 7, 2020 and had received treatment at the Emergency Department of RIPAS Hospital the next day. As one of the monitoring measures, given that the patient had a history of travel to the affected country and had signs of respiratory infection, a test to detect COVID-19 infection was performed. The results of these initial tests have found a positive patient for the initial COVID-19 infection test. The Ministry of Health is currently awaiting confirmation test results. At this point, the patient is in good and stable condition. The Ministry of Health responded immediately to detect and contact all contacts including the patient’s family members and three (3) friends who participated in the trip with the patient.

All family members living with the patient were given a 14-day quarantine notice. These contacts will also undergo tests to detect COVID-19 infection. The Ministry of Health will continue to maintain high preparedness in preventing and controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam and Surveillance and Risk Assessment to detect any COVID-19 infection in the community has been enhanced in the last two weeks , given the increasing prevalence of infections in the Asia-Pacific region. In this instance, the Ministry of Health would like to advise the public not to worry and panic and continue to take preventive measures such as:

1. Maintaining a high level of personal hygiene; 2. Wash hands frequently with clean water and soap (especially before handling food, before eating, after using the toilet, or after coughing or sneezing); 3. Wear a mask if you have symptoms of respiratory infections such as cough or cold; 4. Cover the mouth with tissue during coughing or sneezing, and immediately remove the tissue into the bin; 5. Be responsible when experiencing symptoms of respiratory infections for treatment and rest at home and avoid visiting public places and attending public events.

The Ministry of Health would like to advise the public once again to postpone travel to affected countries. This is to further tighten the control of infectious diseases in this country which has been known to infect humans from man to man. The Ministry of Health also called for the cooperation of the public to be responsible and to prevent the spread of incorrect and unauthorized information, and to respect the privacy of the patients and families involved. The Ministry of Health will continue to monitor the progress of the incident through information obtained from the World Health Organization (WHO). People will be kept up to date on any recent developments. Similarly, the Ministry of Health will ensure that appropriate precautions and controls are taken.

For more information and updates, the public can visit the Ministry of Health website or contact the following online: • • Reference Date Health Advice Line – 2381380 or 2381383 (in office hours only) or; Darussalam Line 123 (outside office hours). – END-

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