Brunei lifts daily hospital visitor limit

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- The number of visitors per patient in Brunei's hospitals is no longer limited from Tuesday.

Haji Mohd Isham, the country's health minister, said at the latest weekly briefing that two visitors are allowed at one time for a patient. Each visitor is required to show a negative antigen rapid test (ART) result for COVID-19 on the same day.

Visitors are not allowed to visit patients in the holding ward or isolation ward. However, a caregiver may be allowed to be with the patient, depending on the assessment and suitability of the patient's condition.

Children under the age of 12 years are also not allowed to visit.

The health minister said Brunei saw a slight increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases last week, with a daily average of about 215 cases compared to 179 cases per day in the week before last week.

A total of 46,728 ART test results were uploaded to the government platform within one week, with 3.2 percent of them being positive.

Currently, no hospitalized cases are held in the intensive care unit and four cases still require assisted breathing.

As of Sept. 19, 78.3 percent of Brunei's population have received three doses of COVID-19 vaccines, while 10.3 percent have taken a fourth dose.

The COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and China's Sinopharm are those administered in the Southeast Asian country. Enditem

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