COVID-19 updates: No new cases today; 1 recovery


Highlights from today’s press conference 

Here are highlights from today’s press conference at the Ministry of Health (MoH) with the Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Jaafar.

The Minister of Health speaking at the dailly COVID-19 press briefing held at Al-‘Afiah Hall of the Ministry of Health today. (PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS)


The Minister of Health confirms no new COVID-19 cases in Brunei today. The national tally stands at 138.

One more patient has been discharged today, bringing the total recoveries to 120. There are currently 17 active cases being treated at the National Isolation Centre (NIC) in Tutong.

  • Two patients remain in critical condition, requiring ventilator support. The rest of the patients are in a stable condition.
  • As of today, 134 individuals are undergoing quarantine according to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and a total of 2430 have completed the quarantine period and are in good health.
  • Since the emergence of COVID-19 in early January 2020, a total of 12,770 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been conducted.

Four more relapsed patients discharged

The Minister of Health informed that four more recovered COVID-19 patients who have been found to be positive with the virus again after follow-up examination have been discharged today. 10 relapsed patients are still undergoing further examinations.


New National Isolation Centre building officiated
The new NIC building in Tutong. (PHOTO: BAHIYAH BAKIR)
The new National Isolation Centre in the Tutong district may also be used to treat patients in the future if the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital is crowded, Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar said.
Minister of Development Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar handed over the key of the completed facilities to Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham in a ceremony on Friday morning.

The minister of health in told the Bulletin in an interview; “This is in preparation in case anything happens in the country. In the future, we may also use these facilities for patients, especially when RIPAS Hospital is full. The new National Isolation Centre is equipped with 41 ventilators.”

Construction on the new National Isolation Centre began on March 27, 2020. It was completed on April 23, 2020. The new building was constructed in response to a request from the government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam following the need to treat and observe COVID-19 patients in the country.

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