COVID-19 updates: 1 new case; no new recoveries today

Highlights from today’s press conference 

Here are highlights from today’s press conference at the Ministry of Health (MoH) with the Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Jaafar.

The Minister of Health (L) speaking at the daily COVID-19 press conference held at Al-‘Afiah Hall of the MoH. Sitting next to the minister is the Permanent Secretary of MoH Haji Abdul Manap bin Othman. (PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS)

The Minister of Health confirms 1 new COVID-19 case in Brunei today, that was detected from a nationwide surveillance on citizens and residents of Brunei, including foreign workers. This brings the national tally to 139.

The new case is a male aged 40 years old and is still under investigation and contact tracing is still ongoing, according to the minister.

No new recoveries were reported today, maintaining the total number of discharged patients to 131. There are currently 7 active cases being treated at the National Isolation Centre (NIC) in Tutong.

  • Two patients remain in critical condition, requiring ventilator support. The rest of the patients are in a stable condition.
  • As of today, 30 individuals are undergoing quarantine according to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and a total of 2,551 have completed the quarantine period and are in good health.
  • Since the emergence of COVID-19 in early January 2020, a total of 14,754 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been conducted.

2 new relapsed cases

With regard to the cases that have recovered but found to be positive again during follow-up examination, the Minister of Health said there are 2 cases that have re-tested positive today. This brings the total number of such cases as of today to 24 individuals.


Stay vigilant, don’t let your guard down

In light of the new case confirmation today, the Minister of Health emphasised the need for the public to continue to be vigilant and take precautions by adopting and cultivating preventive measures as it is especially recommended to continue physical distancing, not to go around in large crowds at any one place and to only leave the house when necessary. This is in addition to practicing personal hygiene such as regular hand washing and proper coughing and sneezing etiquette.

A health volunteer washing her hands after checking temperature at a checkpoint at the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital. (PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI)


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