Brunei records one new COVID-19 case

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam reported one new imported case of COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 147.

The latest and currently only active COVID-19 case in the country was disclosed by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during a press conference yesterday, at the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) Al-‘Afiah Hall.

“Case 147 is a foreign woman aged 25, who arrived in Brunei Darussalam on Royal Brunei Airlines BI874 flight (seat 42C) on October 7, 2020, from Nepal.

“She reportedly had coughs since October 11, 2020, and is currently being treated and monitored at the National Isolation Centre (NIC),” the minister said.

“The Ministry of Health has identified a total of three contacts, all of whom have undergone the COVID-19 swab test and were confirmed as negative.

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

“With the detection of this latest case, a total of six import cases have been confirmed since the last local infection case was reported on May 6, 2020.

“At present, Brunei Darussalam has recorded 161 days without COVID-19 local infection cases. Meanwhile, out of the COVID-19 cases in Brunei Darussalam, a total of 143 have been confirmed as recovered. ”

The minister also stated that 337 individuals are undergoing mandatory self-isolation at the monitoring centres provided by the government, after arriving in the country from abroad. At present, 6,888 individuals have completed their mandatory self-isolation at the monitoring centres.

In the past 24 hours, 435 samples were tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 63,246.

In its breakdown of COVID-19 cases in the country, healthinfo.gov.bn cited 114 cases in the Brunei-Muara District, 27 in the Belait District and six in the Tutong District.

Information and updates can be obtained from the MoH official website at www.moh.gov.bn, the Health Advice Line at 148, or through the BruHealth app or at healthinfo.gov.bn.