Brunei records one more COVID-19 case

James Kon

After recording one confirmed COVID-19 case on Saturday, Brunei Darussalam yesterday added another new case, bringing the current total to 138.

Case 138 is a 50-year-old woman, who is the family contact of Case 33. She was first tested on March 13, after Case 33 was detected. Her results came back as negative. A follow-up test was conducted on April 18, and this time she tested positive.

She does not have any recent travel history and exhibits no symptoms of infection. Her case is under investigation.

These details were provided by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during the daily press conference for the latest updates on the COVID-19 outbreak. He also stated, “Two active COVID-19 cases recovered yesterday, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 115.

“The number of active cases being treated at the National Isolation Centre is 22, where two are still in a critical condition, requiring heart-lung machine (ECMO) and respiratory assistance. The rest are in a stable condition.”

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar speaks at the press conference. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

“Currently, 125 individuals are undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and 2,408 individuals have completed their quarantine.”

The minister added that in the past 24 hours, 218 samples were tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January to 11,472. On the recurring cases, the minister said, “Two more have been detected, while one patient has been discharged from the National Isolation Centre.

“This brings the total number of recurring cases to 18, of which 12 individuals are still undergoing further examination and testing.”

In its breakdown of COVID-19 cases in the country, revealed that the Brunei-Muara District has 111 cases, the Belait District 21 and the Tutong District, six.

More updates and information can be obtained from the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) official website at, or the Health Advice Line at 148, or the web application at