Some COVID-19 recoveries take two months: Minister

Rokiah Mahmud

Since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Brunei Darussalam two months ago, 134 patients have already recovered from the disease.

“However, the recovery process is dependent on the patient, with some recovering within two weeks and others taking up to nearly two months,” said Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar, during a question-and-answer session yesterday.

“It depends on their immunity and the non-communicable diseases; so we can’t say for sure whether the recovery process is quite fast.

“Even so, our recovery rate is rather high,” he added.

“Our country’s free healthcare – especially in the handling and managing of the COVID-19 pandemic – also contributes towards the patients’ fast recovery.”

“Compared to other countries, where people may have problems in seeking treatment due to financial burdens, patients receive the same treatment here, regardless of whether they are local or foreign.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health (MoH) plans to conduct further antibody tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

In a monitoring carried out on May 4-5, with 500 participants, six were found with antibodies for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Most were in their 50s, with four from the Brunei-Muara District and two from the Belait District.