Infant among five new COVID-19 patients in Brunei, total now 83

James Kon

A second person fully recovered from COVID-19 yesterday, while another five new positive cases have been recorded in Brunei, bringing the total number of cases to 83. One new confirmed case is a six-month-old infant.

The latest details were revealed by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at a press conference at the Ministry of Health yesterday.

The minister said Case 79 is a 28-year-old man who is a close contact of Case 13. Case 13’s early contact tracing found the person negative following laboratory tests and on quarantine since March 12. However, he experienced body ache on March 16. Another laboratory test was conducted. Following the latest development, family members staying with him were also instructed to carry out another laboratory test and the quarantine period extended.

Case 80 is a six-month-old female infant who is the family contact of Case 73. The infant does not have any travel history and has not shown any symptoms of infection.

Cases 81 and 82 are colleagues of Case 69. Both do not have recent travel history. Case 81 is a 43-year-old man who had fever, body ache and cough since March 14, while Case 82 is a 27-year-old man who complained of headache on March 17.

Case 83 is a 45-year-old woman who is the wife of Case 71. She does not have any recent travel history and experienced fever, vomiting, nausea and headache on March 8.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said another person who was treated at the National Isolation Centre has been cured and permitted to return home.

The minister said he has been advised to carry out self-isolation for seven days at home.

“This means to date, two persons have recovered from COVID-19 in the country,” the minister said.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham added, “All 81 cases are receiving treatment at the National Isolation Centre. Two are in a critical condition and in need of respiratory assistance. Both are in a stable condition. Six cases are currently being closely monitored while the remaining cases are in stable condition.”

The minister said 1,633 persons are under quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Diseases Act Chapter 204, while 101 persons have completed their quarantine and are in a stable condition.

“Since early January 2020, a total of 2,699 laboratory 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.