Media Conference On Latest COVID-19 Situation

Since the temporary pause on the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on the 6th of April 2021, the Ministry of Health has reviewed reports from other countries of very rare cases of blood clots with low platelets following vaccination with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The Minister of Health stated the matter during a Media Conference on the Latest COVID-19 situation this afternoon. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang  Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar added during a recent meeting, the  COVID-19 Vaccine Technical Committee reviewed updated  information from European Medicines Agency, E-M-A and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, MHRA, United Kingdom as well as information from other countries on  the COVID-19 Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Meanwhile, a Scientific Exchange Meeting was held on 12th of April 2021 among experts across the Asia-Pacific Region including Brunei Darussalam and representatives from AstraZeneca, where the information from this meeting assisted with the review.

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Treatable Condition and Clinical Guidelines

In connection with the occurrence of blood clots, it is important to note that this is a treatable condition and clinical guidelines for the management of events of this nature have been developed for use in the country. The Minister of Health added that early detection of these symptoms is important and individuals who have received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine are advised to immediately report any symptoms of shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling, persistent abdominal pain, severe or persistent headaches or blurred vision after vaccination, or who experienced skin bruising or petechia beyond the site of vaccination.

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Respective Social Responsibilities

At the media conference, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr.  Haji Awang Mohd Isham reminded the public to practise their respective social responsibilities during the pandemic. The public must also use the BruHealth application and scan the QR Code every time they enter or exit premises especially in public places. Meanwhile, the Minister of Health also informed that no new COVID-19 case was reported in the country today.

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Development of The National Vaccination Programme

In the same media conference, the Minister of Health also explained that so far, 8 thousand and 4 hundred people have been vaccinated, comprising the frontliners. Yang Berhormat said, the vaccination programme is running a bit slow due to the temporary delay in the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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International Multaqa Rabitah Ceremony

The present and future generations of religious people are called to ensure the continuity of Islam remains relevant to be in the mainstream of the country, to support the government and the leadership of a monarchy in fulfilling the aspirations and determination of independence. The main platform to realize it is through the programmes in the Wawasan Negara Dua Ribu Tiga Puluh Lima with its strategic plans to achieve its goals.

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RBAF Surah Yasin and Tahlil Ceremony

The Ministry of Defence and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, RBAF held a reading of Surah Yasin and Tahlil ceremony for Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Al-Marhumah Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit and Al-Marhum His Royal Highness Prince Haji 'Abdul 'Azim.  The ceremony was held at the Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan.

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Prime Minister's Office Tadarus Ceremony

The Prime Minister's Office and the departments under it this afternoon continued the Tadarus ceremonies in conjunction with Ramadhan at Setia Ali Mosque in Muara Town.

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Prevention of Corruption Act

An Indian national, Mohammad Faisal Khan, aged 36, was charged in the Bandar Seri Begawan Magistrates Court today, for two offences under Section 6 B, committed in contravention of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 131. The Anti-Corruption Bureau in its press release informed that the case was reported by the Narcotics Control Bureau, NCB, pertaining to a case where an arrested person investigated for drug related offences had offered bribes to the enforcement agency's officers.

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Bicara Sastera BruneI

Bicara  Sastera Brunei, BSB  is organised as an appreciation towards literature works and also Brunei literary writers aside from further activating critiques on Brunei literary works specifically newly published works. Thus, the dissemination and assessment towards a literary work needs in-depth review and solid research. Speaking at the First Bicara  Sastera Brunei  2021  this morning, Awang Mohd Azurin bin Haji Othman, Acting Deputy Director of Language and Literature Bureau hoped that the Bicara Sastera Brunei will be able to contribute to more critique writing or comparison of works towards Brunei literary works as well as better quality of work.

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Presentation of Basic Necessities Contributions

Giving alms either in monetary or other forms is a noble practise that is rewarding to those giving as well as to those receiving it. Those who give alms receive blessings while those receiving it can use the alms given to fulfil their living needs, especially if it is carried out during Ramadhan which has a multitude of blessings contained therein.

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