108 new cases, 3 new clusters, more vaccines donated

108 new COVID cases, 3 new clusters

Brunei Darussalam today adds 108 new COVID-19 cases, including 1 imported case and 3 new clusters, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 4,431, according to the Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham bin Hj Jaafar at a press conference today.

Sharing more details on the new clusters, the health minister said 2034 Cluster contains 9 new cases; 4321 Cluster contains 7 new cases and Freshco Batu Satu Cluster contains 8 new cases. All these new clusters include cases that have been previously reported as cases for which the source of infection has not been identified.

With the new clusters identified, this brings the total number of active clusters to 76 clusters.

There are 21 additional new cases to 10 of the existing active clusters. The cases in these active clusters are individuals who are currently being quarantined and were found to be in
contact with several confirmed cases.

SHaring more details on the imported case, the minister said the case arrived in Brunei Darussalam from Manila on 01 September 2021 on board flight Royal Brunei BI 684.

Meanwhile, 62 cases are still being investigated to determine the source of the infection.

Brunei also adds 102 recoveries today, where this total includes 21 positive cases from Category 1 that have undergone self-isolation for 14 days at their respective homes. All
of them have undergone second swab tests at Day 12 and have been confirmed recovered.

The total number of recovered cases in Brunei Darussalam has increased to 2,856 cases, whereas the total number active cases are 1,548 cases.

Among the active cases, eleven cases are in critical condition, where ten of the cases require assistance of artificial ventilation. Meanwhile, one case requires the help of an additional heart/lung machine (ECMO). Meanwhile, 28 cases that were categorised in Category 4 are now admitted at the Intensive Care Unit for close monitoring.

100,000 doses of AZ vaccine donated by Japan

The health minister also informed that the Government of Japan will donate 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine to the country which is expected to arrive in Brunei at the end of September 2021.

Vials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. PHOTO: AFP

Brunei also on Sunday received 100,000 doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine contributed by the Government of the People’s Republic of China. 

“Together with the donation of 100 thousand doses of Sinopharm vaccine received from the
Government of the People’s Republic of China, the National Vaccination Programme will be able to continue.. The Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of
Brunei Darussalam is grateful with these contributions which will be fully utilised,” he said. 

Brunei’s National Vaccination Programme came to a halt for first dose recipients since 1 September 2021, as supplies dwindled and had to be reserved for second dose recipients and high-risk groups. 

More details on Wednesday’s Borneo Bulletin 

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