COVID-19: Only one new case, six more recover

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam recorded only one confirmed COVID-19 case yesterday with the total number now standing at 115.

Detailed investigations into case 103 mentioned on March 24 revealed that there is an epidemiology link between Cases 103 and 47.

Meanwhile, six more COVID-19 patients have recovered at the National Isolation Centre. The total number of persons having recovered is 11 and they were discharged to return home.

These details were highlighted by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at a press conference at the ministry’s Al-‘Afiah Hall yesterday.

The minister also cautioned not to be complacent following the drop in the number of cases.

He said, “Despite only one new case being reported which is a decrease, precautionary steps and control needs to continue. This is because there are people who are still under quarantine and self-isolation.”

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar. PHOTO: JAMES KON

“The COVID-19 situation around the world is getting more worrying with the United States (US) and a number of European countries seeing an increase in the number of infections and deaths.”

Explaining the cases, Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said, “Case 115 is a local man aged 19 who returned to the country from the United Kingdom (UK) on March 21 with his family on flight BI004. He was seated on 29C. He developed fever, headache, flu and dizziness on March 26. The case has no links to Case 88 who also returned to Brunei Darussalam on the same flight on seat 10k.”

The minister said six more treated at the National Isolation Centre recovered and were allowed to go home, bringing the total number of recoveries to 11.

“This means 104 patients are still receiving treatment at the National Isolation Centre.”

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said another patient is in a critical condition and in need of a ventilator as well as the heart/lung machine (ECMO).

“This means that two patients are in critical condition. Another three are in need of close observation while the remaining cases are stable.”

A total of 1,140 are still in quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Diseases Act, Chapter 204 while 874 persons have completed the quarantine period and are in stable condition. Since early January 2020, a total of 4,994 COVID-19 tests have been carried out.

Information can be obtained from the Ministry of Health website at www.moh.gov.bn or contact the Health Advice Line at 148.