Brunei records no new COVID-19 case

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam continued its streak of no new COVID-19 case yesterday. The tally of COVID-19 cases in the country remains at 141.

Meanwhile, two COVID-19 patients recovered bringing the total recoveries to 134 while only six active cases remained in the country

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

The minister said, “Alhamdulillah, by the grace of Allah the Almighty there is no new COVID-19 case in the country. Therefore, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Brunei Darussalam remains at 141.”

He added, “Two cases recovered from COVID-19 today, and the total number of recovered cases is 134. This brings the number of active cases being treated at the National Isolation Centre to six where two are in critical condition. However, only one still requires the heart-lung machine (ECMO) and respiratory assistance. One case requires only respiratory assistance. The rest are in a stable condition.”

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during the press conference. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said, “A total of 110 individuals are undergoing quarantine in accordance to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and 2,575 individuals have completed their quarantine. In the past 24 hours, 416 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 15,898.”

With regard to the cases that have recovered but found to be positive again during follow-up examination, he said, “Three cases have re-tested positive in the past three days. This brings the total number of such cases as of today to 27.”

He said the ministry will no longer share statistics of relapsed cases and will only be used those for internal reference for the ministry.

The minister said, “This is in light of available studies that have found that such cases have a high probability to not be able to infect others and no changes are made towards their treatment. However, such cases will continue to be monitored by the Ministry of Health.”

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health (MoH) Haji Abdul Manap bin Othman was also present.

 For information, visit the official website of MoH at www.moh.gov.bn, contact the Health Advice Line at 148 or through 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 110 cases, Belait District 25 and Tutong District six.