212 new cases as tally passes 12,000

Izah Azahari

Brunei Darussalam recorded 211 new local COVID-19 and one import cases, bringing the national tally of confirmed cases to 12,113.

This was said by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at the daily press conference yesterday.

The import case arrived from Russia via Singapore on board Singapore Airlines SQ148 on October 15.

Five new clusters were detected involving 31 cases. All new clusters are accommodation clusters with two – TSL Construction Staffhouse Cluster and Traine Aire Sdn Bhd Cluster – being in staff housing.

“There are 97 additional cases to 16 existing clusters,” said the minister.

“Six clusters – Cluster 3016, Cluster 3788, Cluster 4360, Cluster 5673, Cluster 5677 and Little Audrey Cluster – are declared closed following no new cases for 28 days, bringing the total active clusters to 166.”

“Some 83 new cases are still being investigated to determine the source of infection. Two hundred and forty cases recovered today, bringing the number of recoveries to 9,608 and active cases are 2,424,” said the minister.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said six cases are in Category 5 and being treated at the intensive care unit with all requiring artificial ventilation and three cases requiring the help of additional heart/lung machine (ECMO).

Seventeen cases are categorised in Category 4 that require oxygen assistance and are under close monitoring.

“In the past 24 hours, 4,944 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 473,531,” added the minister.