No new COVID-19 cases in Brunei

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam’s containment of the COVID-19 outbreak has so far proven to be a success. With no new cases recorded for five consecutive days, the current number of COVID-19 cases in Brunei Darussalam remains at 135.

Meanwhile, one patient being treated at the National Isolation Centre (NIC) made a recovery and was allowed to return home, bringing the total number of recovered patients so far to 92.

These positive developments were disclosed by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during the daily press conference at the Ministry of Health (MoH) building yesterday.

He said, “At present, there are 42 cases still undergoing treatment at the National Isolation Centre, where two are still in critical condition. Both require a heart-lung machine (ECMO) and respiratory assistance. Meanwhile, the rest are in stable condition.

“A total of 2,293 individuals have completed their quarantine, in accordance with the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204), and only 91 individuals are undergoing quarantine.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar speaks during the press conference. PHOTO: JAMES KON

“In the past 24 hours, 337 samples were tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total amount of laboratory tests conducted since January to 8,985.

“The Ministry of Health, in its efforts to enhance the monitoring of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country has conducted random testing, especially among foreign workers and specific groups, in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA).”

“In this regard, the Ministry of Health would like to inform that 374 tests have been conducted for monitoring purposes, in which all of the results have been negative so far.”

According to healthinfo.gov.bn, the breakdown of cases shows 108 in the Brunei-Muara District, 23 in the Belait District and four in the Tutong District. There are no cases in the Temburong District.

For further information, visit the official website of the Ministry of Health at www.moh.gov.bn or by contacting the Health Advice Line at 148 (operating 24 hours), or through the web application at healthinfo.gov.bn.