No new COVID-19 case in Brunei

James Kon

For the 10th consecutive day, Brunei Darussalam has no new COVID-19 case and the current tally remains at 138.

However, one recovered patient was tested positive again bringing the total number of such cases to 22.

The latest development of the COVID-19 situation in the country was given by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at the daily press conference at the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) Al-‘Afiah Hall yesterday.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said, “Alhamdulillah, by the grace of Allah the Almighty, there is no new case of COVID-19 infection in the country. Therefore, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Brunei Darussalam remains at 138.”

He added that no new recovery was recorded yesterday. The total number of recovered cases is 124 individuals. This brings the number of active cases still being treated at the National Isolation Centre to 13, where two are still in critical condition and both require heart/lung machine (ECMO) and respiratory assistance. The rest are in a stable condition.

Touching on the cases that have recovered but found to be positive again during follow-up examination, the Minister of Health revealed that one case re-tested positive and one case was allowed to return home. This brings the total number of such cases to 22, of which seven are still undergoing further examination and testing.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during the press conference at the Ministry of Health’s Al-’Afiah Hall. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS

A total of 279 samples were tested for the SARS-CoV2 virus bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 13,428.

As of April 29, the Minister of Health revealed, “A total of 4,310 random COVID-19 tests for surveillance purposes were conducted among foreign workers and those present for treatment at health centres. The results were all negative.”

About the viral message regarding the case tested positive for COVID-19 in Limbang, Sarawak, the minister explained, “The case is still under investigation. The contacts for the case in Brunei have been tested negative for COVID-19. The Ministry of Health is conducting further investigations including looking into other contacts. If the public has any information about the case, they can contact the Health Advice Line 148. The public is also reminded not to spread false information which is an offence.”

For information and updates, visit the official website of the Ministry of Health at www.moh.gov.bn or by contacting the Health Advice Line 148 or through the web application healthinfo.gov.bn.

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