Brunei has a ‘smooth’ curve

James Kon

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said at a press conference yesterday that the graph and statistics gained from Health Info Brunei, an artificial intelligence (AI) app, demonstrate the Brunei government’s ongoing efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

But he added, “Despite the trends, we cannot be complacent.” The web-based app also enables the Ministry of Health (MoH) to view Brunei Darussalam’s situation, both regionally and globally.

The minister said, “Alhamdulillah, Brunei Darussalam’s graph is within a smooth curve and not an acute slope, compared to some European countries. In comparison with neighbouring countries in the region, Brunei Darussalam’s curve is flat.”

At present, the Sultanate has 131 cases of COVID-19, of which 80 are male and the remaining 51 female.”

According to statistics, 17 of the confirmed cases (14 males and three females) are aged 61 and above, while 23 cases (12 males and 11 females) are aged 50 to 59.

Sixteen of the cases (nine males and seven females) are aged between 40 to 49 years.

A large number of 28 cases (18 males and 10 females) are between 30 to 39 years. Twenty-four cases (15 males and nine females) are in the age range of 20 to 29. Sixteen cases (nine males and seven females) are aged between 10 to 19. The five cases of children (three males and two females) are between one to nine years. There are also two cases of girls under the age of one year.

In the figures for the patients who made a recovery, the minister outlined, “Six cases (males) aged 61 and above managed to recover.

“Six more cases (five males and one female) aged between 50 to 59 have also recovered. Another six cases (four males and two females between 40 to 49 years have recovered.”

He added, “Twelve (eight males and four females) recovered cases are aged 30 to 39. Eleven recovered cases (eight males and three females) are aged 20 to 29. Five male cases aged 10 to 19 years, along with another four cases (two males and two females) aged between one to nine, have fully recovered. Lastly, an infant has also recovered.”

“From the discovery of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on March 9, it took us five days to bring the transmission under control through various measures from a whole-of-nation approach such as the closure of schools, prohibition on mass gatherings, a travel ban extended to the EU, an outbound travel ban for Brunei residents, the temporary closure of places of worship, a mandatory 14 days of self-isolation for inbound travellers, and the barring of foreigners to contain the spread of COVID-19.

“Artificial intelligence can help predict the trend of infection (in a few days) so that the country can be better prepared, in terms of medicines to readily available doctors and nurses, as well as PPE (personal protective equipment). We will be able to plan how much PPE that is needed in a week.”