254 new COVID cases, total 6540

254 new COVID-19 cases

Brunei Darussalam adds 254 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, with 3 new clusters, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 6,540, according to the Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham bin Hj Jaafar at a press conference.

There are 111 additional new cases to 15 of the existing active clusters who were previously close contacts with several positive cases.

Three new clusters were detected, bringing the current total active clusters to 106 clusters.

The new clusters are Permata Leo Vessel Cluster that contains 10 cases; Salvin Princess Vessel Cluster that contains 6 cases; and 6 cases have been detected following the swab sweep operation that was conducted at the Kampong Pengkalan Gadong area on 22 – 25 September 2021.

Meanwhile, 121 new cases are still being investigated to determine the source of the infection.

138 cases have recovered today bringing the total number of recovered cases in Brunei
Darussalam to 4,326 cases, whereas the total number active cases are 2,170 cases.

Among the cases being treated at the National Isolation Centre, eight cases are in Category 5 and currently treated at the Intensive Care Unit. All of them require assistance of artificial ventilation with one case requiring the help of an additional heart/lung machine (ECMO). 34 cases are categorised in Category 4 that require oxygen assistance and are under close monitoring.

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

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham bin Hj Jaafar (L) and the Permanent Secretary at the MoH Hj Maswadi bin Hj Mohsin (R) at the press conference held at the MoH building. JAMES KON

Solemnization ceremonies at residences prohibited 

As an additional measure in curbing the spread of the COVID19 pandemic, the Ministry of Health and the Syariah Court informed that solemnization ceremonies or Akad Nikah at
private homes will no longer permitted beginning tomorrow.

Solemnization ceremonies can however be held at the Office of the Registry of Muslim Marriages, Divorces, Annulments and Ruju’ at each district where the marriage approval is issued.

More details on Monday’s Borneo Bulletin

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