254 new cases, three new clusters detected

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam yesterday recorded 254 new COVID-19 cases and three new clusters.

The developments were shared by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during a press conference at the Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday.

The minister said, “This brings the tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 6,540 while the number of active clusters is 106.”

The three new clusters are: Permata Leo Vessel Cluster with 10 cases, Salvin Princess Vessel Cluster with six cases and Cluster Kampong Pengkalan Gadong with six cases following the swab sweep operation that was conducted on September 22–25.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said there are 111 additional new cases to 15 of the existing active clusters.

The cases in these active clusters were individuals being quarantined and were found to be in contact with several confirmed cases.

He said that 121 cases are being investigated to determine the sources of the infection. Contact tracing for the new cases is underway. Identified close contacts are required to undergo mandatory quarantine and RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test.

On recovered patients, the minister said, “138 cases have recovered bringing the total number of recovered cases in Brunei Darussalam to 4,326, while the total number of active cases stands at 2,170.

“Among the active cases, eight are in critical condition and requiring assistance of artificial ventilation.

“Meanwhile, one case requires the help of an additional heart/lung machine (ECMO) and 34 categorised in Category 4 have been admitted to the intensive care unit for close monitoring.”

In the past 24 hours, 5,508 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 335,986.

Permanent Secretary at the MoH Haji Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin was also present.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar and Permanent Secretary at the MoH Haji Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin during the press conference yesterday. PHOTO: JAMES KON