COVID-19: Three new relapse cases, no new infections

Azlan Othman

No new cases of COVID-19 were reported yesterday, but three more recovered patients were found to have tested positive for a second time, bringing the current total of recurring cases to 11.

These details were revealed by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at a press conference.

“The number of cases in Brunei Darussalam remains at 136. Meanwhile, no patients have recovered and allowed to return home from the National Isolation Centre (NIC),” he said.

Therefore, the total number of recovered patients remains at 107.

“The number of active cases still being treated at the NIC remains at 28, of which two are still in critical condition, requiring heart-lung machine (ECMO) and respiratory assistance. The rest are in stable condition.”

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during the press conference. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS

Currently, 85 people are undergoing quarantine under the Infectious Diseases Act, Chapter 204 while 2,390 have completed their quarantine period.

Over the past 24 hours, 183 samples were tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January to 10,350.

Meanwhile, 57 former patients were subjected to a re-testing of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Out of that number, 42 tested negative, while four more are still awaiting their test results.

“All of those who tested positive again were re-admitted to the National Isolation Centre, for further investigation,” said the minister.

“Their immediate family contacts are also required to undergo lab testing and a second quarantine for 14 days. Alhamdulillah, the results of the tests conducted so far among the immediate family contacts have been negative.”