Patient not Affected by 2019-nCoV Virus

Following the Ministry of Health's press released 24th January, on a patient from China who is undergoing further health checks at the National Isolation Centre whereby the Ministry of Health is currently in the process of identifying if the patient's illness is linked to the 2019-nCoV virus from Wuhan, China.

The Ministry of Health would like to inform the public that the patient has been confirmed to NOT have any links to the 2019-nCoV virus. Laboratory tests conducted on the patient are NEGATIVE for any influenza viruses and the 2019-n-CoV. The patient is currently in a stable condition and will be allowed to continue on with his journey, as soon as his health status is confirmed by the attending specialist.

In this regard, since the news of the 2019-n-CoV epidemic was announced by the World Health Organisation on the 7th of January, the Ministry of Health has explained that the ministry has increased precautionary measures and preparedness to control the virus' entry into the country. Among the measures taken are, re-introducing the use of body temperature checks for passengers arriving in the country through the Brunei International Airport, specifically from cities in China, as of the 21st of January; improvements in the implementation of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in government clinics and hospitals; and the continuous monitoring as well as risk assessments of the virus situation worldwide. For the current SOP, any person showing symptoms of influenza such as high fever, coughs and breathing problems, in particular those that has a history of travelling to China, will be brought to the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital for further checks, a routine procedure for patients who are ill upon arriving in the country.

The public is also advised to not be alarmed with the photos or information made viral previously and not to be easily deceived. It is an offence under the Public Order Act, Chapter 148, Section 34, to spread information that is unvalidated, false and created and can face three years imprisonment and a fine of 3 thousand dollars. For further information go to the Ministry of Health website, 'www.moh.gov.bn' or call Talian Darussalam 123.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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