Brunei reports one new COVID-19 case

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam broke its 16-day streak of no new COVID-19 infections yesterday when one new case was confirmed, bringing the total number of positive cases to 139.

Case 139 is a male aged 40, whose infection was detected yesterday, following a monitoring carried out among Brunei citizens and residents, as well as foreign workers.

The case is still under investigation, and contact tracing is ongoing.

The latest development to the COVID-19 situation in the country was highlighted at a press conference by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar.

The minister reiterated the need for continued vigilance and preventive measures such as physical distancing, avoiding mass gatherings, leaving the house only when necessary, regular hand washing, and observing proper coughing and sneezing etiquette.

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

With no recovered cases yesterday, the number of recovered patients remains at 131. This brings the number of active cases still being treated at the National Isolation Centre (NIC) to seven, where two are still in critical condition, requiring a heart-lung machine (ECMO) and respiratory assistance. The rest are in a stable condition.

Currently, 30 individuals are undergoing quarantine in accordance to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204), while 2,551 have completed their quarantine.

In the past 24 hours, 144 samples were tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January to 14,754.

Two recovered patients re-tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the current number of recurring cases to 24.

In its breakdown of COVID-19 cases in the country, healthinfo.gov.bn revealed that there are 111 cases in the Brunei-Muara District, 22 in the Belait District and six in the Tutong District.

Members of the public can obtain further information and the latest updates by visiting the Ministry of Health’s official website at www.moh.gov.bn, or by contacting the Health Advice Line at 148, or through the web application healthinfo.gov.bn.