COVID-19: Two new cases, seven more recover

Azlan Othman

Two new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the Sultanate yesterday, bringing the total number of cases to 129.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar announced the details at a press conference at the ministry’s Al-‘Afiah Hall.

Case 128 is a 36-year-old woman and the wife of Case 111. She does not have travel history and had a headache and flu on March 27.

Case 129 is a 25-year-old who returned from Phuket, Thailand on March 20 on Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) flight B1520 with seat 33H. He had flu symptoms on March 30.

The minister said, “Alhamdulillah, by the grace of Allah the Almighty, seven more cases treated at the National Isolation Centre have recovered yesterday and were allowed to return home, bringing the total number of people recovered to 45.”

“This means that there are 83 cases still being treated at the centre. Of these, three are still in a critical condition and require respiratory assistance at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the centre, where one now requires Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine usage. Meanwhile, one patient is still under close monitoring while the rest are in a stable condition,” he said.

Currently, 854 individuals are undergoing quarantine in accordance to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204), while 1,424 individuals have completed their quarantine and are in a stable condition.

Since early January 2020, a total of 6,421 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been conducted, leading to a ratio of one in 67 people in the country has been examined.

For information, the public can visit the Ministry of Health’s website at www.moh.gov.bn, contact the Health Advice Line 148 or check www.healthinfo.gov.bn.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR