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26/03/2020  Media Conference on Latest COVID-19 Situation

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The latest update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the country and five new cases have been confirmed.  This brings the total number of cases to 114. The latest situation was shared by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar, Minister of Health during this afternoon's media conference alongside Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doktor Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister At The Prime Minister's Office And Second Minister Of Finance And Economy and Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, Minister of Education.

 

The Minister of Health highlighted 5 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed bringing the total number of cases in the country to 114. 

 

Yang Berhormat described case 110 as a 21-year-old local who returned to the country from the United Kingdom on 23rd of March 2020 on board flight BI004 (seat 35E). The patient started coughing and having sore throat on 20th of March 2020.

 

Case 111, aged 42, is related to the cluster linked with Cases 73, 80, 88, 101, 108, 109, 112 and 114. The patient has a history of travel to the United Kingdom and returned to the country on the 15th of March 2020, during which the laboratory test was negative. However, the patient was then exposed to several cases who were confirmed with COVID-19. The patient did not have symptoms of infection.

 

Case 112, aged 51, is also related to the cluster related to cases 73, 80, 88, 101, 108, 109, 111 and 114. The patient has no history of overseas travel. Early laboratory test on 20th of March 2020 was negative and the patient started undergoing quarantine since that day.  However, another test was made on the 24th of March 2020 following the confirmation of Case 101 in the said cluster. 

 

Case 113, aged 20, is the child of Case 103. The patient has no history of overseas travel and began to have fever and headache on the 22nd of March 2020. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health wold like to inform the public investigation on Case 103 is ongoing. 

 

Case 114, aged 50, is related to the cluster related to Cases 73, 80, 88, 101, 108, 109, 111 and 112 and has no history of overseas travel. An early laboratory test on 20th of March 2020 was negative and the patient started quarantine on that day. However, the patient underwent another laboratory test on 24th of March 2020 following the confirmation of Case 101 in the said cluster. The patient started having fever and cold on 24th of March 2020.

 

The Ministry of Health would like to inform the public that Alhamdulillah (Praise to Allah), that yesterday, 3 cases treated at the National Isolation Centre have been confirmed cured and allowed to return home. Therefore, to date 5 people have been cured and allowed to return home. This also means of the 109 cases still being treated at the centre, one is still in critical condition and needs the assistance of a respiratory machine and Heart/Lung Machine (ECMO). Meanwhile, three other persons are under close monitoring and the others are in good condition.

 

The Ministry of Health would also like to inform that 1,221 people are xcurrently under quarantine, in accordance with the Infectious Diseases Act, Chapter 204. While 794 have completed their quarantine period and are in good condition. Since early January 2020, 4,519 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been carried out.

 

The Ministry of Health highly appreciates the cooperation and assistance given by the volunteer groups towards the government's effort to control the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.  The dedication and commitment shown in terms of time, energy and even personal cash are big sacrifices for the safety and well-being of the country. At this opportunity, the Ministry of Health wold like to ensure the volunteers and parents or guardians that each and every task arranged by the Ministry of Health through the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and Sports for the volunteers are low risk tasks. Among the tasks are body temperature checks, assisting in the secretariat work at monitoring or isolation facilities and others, according to the guidelines provided by the agencies involved. Therefore, the Ministry of Health hopes for the continued cooperation and assistance of the volunteers. Continue contributing services to the country and being committed in together helping the Government for mutual safety and well-being. 

 

For further information and the latest developments, the public can visit the Ministry of Health's website at 'www.moh.gov.bn' or contacting Health Advise Line 148 (at any time) or through the application: 'healthinfo.gov.bn'.


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