Testing for COVID-19 cases in ASEAN

Authors

  • David SQ Koh Universiti Brunei Darussalam
  • Sheena XM Wong Universiti Brunei Darussalam
  • Justin Wong Ministry of Health, Brunei Darussalam

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5365/wpsar.2020.11.1.013

Abstract

In ASEAN, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is reported with little information on the number of screening tests performed or the criteria for who is tested. We highlight the need for enhanced surveillance and reporting of the number of people screened and screening criteria when testing capacity is limited.

Author Biographies

David SQ Koh, Universiti Brunei Darussalam

PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences

Professor

Sheena XM Wong, Universiti Brunei Darussalam

PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences

Medical Student

Justin Wong, Ministry of Health, Brunei Darussalam

Disease Control Division

Director

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Published

13-11-2020

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Section

COVID-19: Brief Report