COVID-19 updates: 6 found with SARS-CoV-2 virus antibodies in nationwide survey

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 speaking at the daily COVID-19 press conference held at Al’-Afiah Hall of the Ministry of Health today. (PHOTO: James Kon)

The Minister of Health said no new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Brunei today, maintaining the national tally to 141.

Meanwhile, no new recoveries were recorded today, bringing the maintaining the total number of recovered patients to 132. There are currently 8 active cases being treated at the National Isolation Centre (NIC) in Tutong.

  • Two patients remain in critical condition, where only one of them still requires heart / lung machine (ECMO) as well as respiratory assistance, and one case only requires respiratory assistance. Meanwhile, the rest are in a stable condition.
  • As of today, 132 individuals are undergoing quarantine according to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and a total of 2,575 have completed the quarantine period and are in good health.
  • Since the emergence of COVID-19 in early January 2020, a total of 15,482 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been conducted.


6 found with SARS-CoV-2 virus antibodies in nationwide survey

Preliminary analysis from a survey conducted from May 4 – 6 at health centres nationwide revealed that 6 participants in the study had antibodies for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to the Minister of Health.

Despite the findings, further investigation via swab testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus have tested negative. “This gives the impression that they may have been infected with the virus but they do not have an active infection at this time. The results of this kind of research can help the ministry estimate the population’s immunity for a certain infection. The MoH is planning to conduct a follow-up investigation in the coming months,” he added.

The survey aims to provide an overview of the estimated rates of infection among the community in the country, where 527 people out of 5 selected health facilities nationwide were invited to participate in the survey.