COVID-19 live updates: No new cases reported for the first time since March 9

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COVID-19 live updates: No new cases reported for the first time since March 9

Post by Red Fox » Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:56 am

No new cases reported today, first time since March 9
7.19pm | April 5, 2020

Brunei reported no new coronavirus cases on Sunday — the first time since March 9, when its first case was recorded.

The sultanate has seen a decrease in the number of new infections over the past week, with only one or two new cases announced per day since March 28.

In his daily press briefing, health minister YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar issued a caveat: the spread of COVID-19 has not ended and that current restrictions must remain in place.

“We are still in a crisis,” he told media on Sunday. “To the public – don’t forget, don’t be complacent.”

“Although the state of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country is under control, we are still under threat from the influx of [infections] from outside the country.”

He expanded further by saying that complacency could lead to a resurgence of the disease which may warrant “unwanted measures” such as a lockdown.

“We must remember that since the first case was reported on March 9, the space between then and when we closed our borders is a good two weeks. In those two weeks there were still people going in and out.”

Brunei banned its citizens from leaving the country on March 16, but the ban on inbound travel only came into affect on March 24.

“We have to look at our data — 50 percent are asymptomatic. This is worrying. That’s why we haven’t said restaurants, sports centres can re-open because there is this window [where the virus could have spread further].

“Although our numbers may seem small, there may be community spread [in Brunei], we don’t know yet. That’s why we have to be vigilant.”

The minister also reported that seven more patients have been discharged from the National Isolation Centre, bringing the total number of recoveries to 75. There are now more recovered cases then people still in treatment for COVID-19.

Three patients remain in a critical condition, including one who is kept on life support.

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