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1,393 new COVID-19 cases recorded

James Kon

Brunei recorded 1,393 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, bringing the national tally of confirmed cases to 126,109. Of the new cases, 1,215 were from antigen rapid test (ART) results uploaded to the BruHealth app, while 178 were from 1,551 RT-PCR laboratory tests performed in the past 24 hours.

The country also recorded three COVID-19 fatalities where the cases were not categorised as deaths due to COVID-19.

The latest COVID-19 updates were shared by Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah at a press conference yesterday.

In light of the fatalities, Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew said, “On behalf of the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the people of Brunei Darussalam, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the cases’ families. May their families be given patience in their passing and may their souls receive blessings and be placed among the pious.”

Meanwhile, the current number of cases in Category 4 stand at 11, while the five cases are in Category 5. The number of cases in Category 4 and Category 5 at this time is 6.2 per cent of the treatment capacity of Categories 4 and 5 at the National Isolation Centre (NIC).

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah and Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health Haji Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin at the press conference. PHOTO: JAMES KON

The minister also shared 2,314 cases have recovered, bringing the tally of recovered cases to 113,654 with 12,262 active cases.

At present, the bed occupancy rate in isolation centres nationwide is 5.4 per cent where 195 active cases are placed at isolation centres and hospitals. Some 12,065 positive cases are undergoing home self-isolation.

As of March 20, 59.8 per cent of the population has received three doses under the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

No violations were found during the movement restriction from midnight to 4am yesterday.

Permanent Secretary at the MoH Haji Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin was also present.

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