MoH records zero new cases for 26 consecutive days

4.51pm | June 2, 2020

The health ministry recorded zero new COVID-19 cases for 26 consecutive days on Tuesday, as schools began to welcome back some students after nearly 11 weeks of closure.

Six hundred schools have registered for the QR code on the BruHealth contact tracing app to facilitate with the loosening of coronavirus restrictions, according to figures from the ministry.

Students in Year 6, 8, 10 Express, 11, 12 and 13 were the first group to return to public and private schools in the first phase of reopening on Tuesday, while other pupils continue with online learning.

The first group of students will attend face-to-face classes from June 2-13 before the education ministry decides to increase the number of returning students in the next phase of school reopening.

Brunei has one remaining active coronavirus case who needs life support, with the total number of confirmed infections maintained at 141.

Over 57 percent of Brunei’s population or 264,258 people have downloaded the BruHealth mobile app, in addition to 4,876 businesses and premises.

No new local cases for 25 straight days, Malaysia reports imported infection from Brunei

5.19pm | June 1, 2020

There were no new locally transmitted coronavirus cases in Brunei for 25 consecutive days, but the health minister said a 10-month-old infant from Malaysia has tested positive for COVID-19 after recently travelling from the sultanate.

The Malaysian case’s six close contacts in Brunei have tested negative for the virus and are undergoing the 14-day quarantine, YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad Isham Hj Jaafar said in a press conference on Monday.

The minister said the six contacts took the diagnostic and antibody tests, with all returning negative results for COVID-19.

It is very unlikely that the baby contracted the coronavirus among the relatives in Brunei, he said, adding that the source of infection is still unknown.

Malaysian health authorities reported the imported infection from Brunei on Sunday.

The baby was understood to have travelled with the family and visited relatives in Brunei in early March and returned to Malaysia on May 27.

“They [stayed] here for a while. They isolated themselves at their home here as they were afraid after Brunei reported new COVID-19 cases [in March], so they didn’t go out much,” said YB Dato Dr Hj Mohd Isham.

Brunei’s COVID-19 tally remains at 141, with one active case still on life support.

The minister further said that 258,832 people or 56.3 percent of Brunei’s population have installed the BruHealth mobile app.

Some 4,635 businesses and premises have also registered on the contact tracing app.

Full statement from MoH