No new COVID-19 cases for four days in a row

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam continued its streak of zero COVID-19 case for the fourth consecutive day yesterday. The number of COVID-19 cases in the country still stands at 135.

Six more COVID-19 cases treated at the National Isolation Centre (NIC) made full recovery and were allowed to go home, bringing the number of recovered COVID-19 patients in the country to 91.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar revealed the news of the COVID-19 development in the Sultanate at a press conference at the Al-‘Afiah Hall of the Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday.

The minister said currently, there are 43 cases receiving treatment at the NIC where two persons are in critical condition and in need of ventilators as well as heart/lung machine (ECMO). The remaining cases are in good condition.

“A total of 2,281 persons have completed their quarantine in accordance to Infectious Diseases Act Chapter 204 while 94 people are still in quarantine. Within 24 hours, 203 samples were tested for SARS-CoV-2 bringing the number of laboratory tests carried out since January 2020 to 8,648,” he said.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham reminded the public to continue practising social distancing and culture of precautionary measures, especially good hygiene and cleanliness.

The public was reminded to not have mass gatherings as prohibited under the Infectious Diseases Act Chapter 204. The measures in place are to ensure that the COVID-19 pandemic is under control in the country and to safeguard the safety and well-being of the citizens and residents.

The minister said, “We all want to return back to normal as soon as possible, but this will be difficult without the united cooperation from every level of society regardless of background and age. The country is currently still under threat from imported cases of COVID-19.”

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

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.