No new COVID-19 cases in Sultanate

James Kon

After recording three new cases in the past two days, Brunei Darussalam did not have any confirmed COVID-19 cases yesterday with the tally remaining at 141.

One case recovered yesterday bringing the total number recovered cases to 132.

Meanwhile, one long term critical case out of the two patients has shown improvement. The patient only requires respiratory assistance and does not need the assistance of heart-lung machine (ECMO).

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

Alhamdulillah, there are no new cases of COVID-19 infection in the country. The total number of COVID-19 cases in Brunei Darussalam remains at 141 cases,” the minister said.

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

Speaking about the source of the infection for the recent three new cases, Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said, “The Ministry of Health is conducting further investigations to identify the source of the infection and to identify contacts of Cases 139, 140 and 141.”

He said, “So far 114 contacts of the cases have undergone SARS-COV-2 testing, of which 103 have tested negative. As stated at the press conference yesterday, investigations revealed that all three cases were infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in March 2020 and the patients do not have any signs of the infection at present.”

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said one case has recovered from COVID-19.

“The total number of cases recovered remains at 132. This brings the number of active cases being treated at the National Isolation Centre to eight where two are still in critical condition. However, only one requires heart-lung machine (ECMO) as well as respiratory assistance while one only requires respiratory assistance. Meanwhile, the rest are in a stable condition.”

He said 131 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, 362 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 15,300, he said.

The public can visit www.moh.gov.bn or contact the Health Advice Line at 148 or through healthinfo.gov.bn for information.