Five new COVID-19 cases, 14 recover

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam’s COVID-19 cases stand at 120 after five new cases were detected yesterday.

Meanwhile, 14 cases recovered yesterday after receiving treatment at the National Isolation Centre. The total number of persons having recovered is now 25.

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 of Health’s Al-’Afiah Hall yesterday.

On the five new cases, the minister said, “Case 116 is a local woman aged 59 who returned from the United Kingdom on March 19 on Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) flight BI004. Her seat number was 31J. She developed body ache and cough on March 23.

“Case 117 is a 21-year-old man who flew to the country from the United Kingdom on March 22 on RB flight BI004,” the minister said.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar speaks during the press conference. PHOTO: JAMES KON

“The seat was 44J. He had the flu on arrival here and was on self-isolation since he arrived on March 22.

“Case 118 is a 20-year-old man who is the family contact of Case 116. He does not have any recent travel history and did not have any symptoms of the infection.

“Case 119 is a 35-year-old man who returned to the country on March 23 on RB flight BI004. The seat was 38C. He did not have any signs of the infection.

“Case 120 is a man aged 32 who returned from Manila, the Philippines on March 14 on RB flight BI686. He had the cough and flu from March 14.”

On the increasing recovery cases, the minister said another 14 cases have recovered and have been allowed to return home. “This brings the total number of persons who have fully recovered to 25,” Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said.

This means that 94 persons are receiving treatment at the National Isolation Centre. One person under close observation is in a critical condition. This means two persons are in critical condition and in need of ventilators. While two persons are under close observation, the remaining cases are in a stable condition, the minister said.

He also said 909 persons are under quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Diseases Act, Chapter 204, while 1,110 persons have completed their quarantine and are in stable condition.

“Since early January 2020, as many as 5,333 people have undergone laboratory tests for COVID-19 which means the ratio of one to 82 residents in the country has been tested.”

Referring to the press statement on the latest COVID-19 situation in the country on March 15, 2020 in relation to applying for permission to go overseas, the Prime Minister’s Office with cooperation from the E-Government National Centre under the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications has updated the guideline on applications from email applicants to online which is accessible on the Prime Minister’s Office website at www.pmo.gov.bn.

Information can also be obtained from the guideline on application for permission to go overseas for citizens and residents of Brunei from the website. Information is also available on the Ministry of Health website at www.moh.gov.bn or contact the Health Advice Line at 148.