271 new COVID cases, National COVID-19 Recovery Plan introduced

271 new COVID cases, 1 death

One COVID-19 patient has died on Monday, a 55-year-old woman who suffered from
several health problems. The death is not categorised as death from COVID-19, according to the Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham bin Hj Jaafar at a press conference. 

(From L-R) Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham bin Hj Jaafar and Minister at The Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah at the press conference held at the Ministry of Health building. MUIZ MATDANI

Brunei Darussalam adds 271 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, with 11 new clusters involving 74 cases, bringing the total number of cases to 12,384.

There are 104 additional new cases to 17 of the existing active clusters who were previously close contacts with several positive cases.

All the new clusters are accommodation clusters, including three worker dormitories namely Sahid Sdn Bhd Cluster, Negalang Unat Site Cluster and Mashor GC Staffhouse Cluster.

Six clusters have been closed following no new detected cases in the clusters for 28 days. The closed clusters are PAS (Aker) Cluster, The Mall Cluster, Freshco Batu Satu Custer, Permata Leo Vessel Cluster, 3859 Cluster and 5532 Cluster.

Therefore, the current total active clusters are 171 clusters.

Meanwhile, 93 new cases are still being investigated to determine the source of the infection.

219 cases have recovered today, bringing the total number of recovered cases in Brunei Darussalam to 9,827 cases, whereas the total number active cases are 2,475 cases.

Among the cases being treated at this time, six cases are in Category 5 and currently treated at the Intensive Care Unit. All of them require assistance of artificial ventilation with three cases require the help of additional heart/lung machine
(ECMO). Meanwhile, 15 cases are categorised in Category 4 that require oxygen assistance and are under close monitoring.

In the past 24 hours, a total of 3,398 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus which brings the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to
476,929 tests.


Vaccination Centres now open for walk-ins

A resident of Kampong Sungai Asam receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at the Mobile Vaccination Service on Saturday. 

 

Taking into account that the number of public attendances at vaccination centres throughout the country is declining, the Minister of Health said the health ministry will open up the administration of first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine via walk-in commencing Tuesday, 26 October 2021.


 

Ops Pulih to be extended for two weeks

Police personnel at a roadblock during Operasi Pulih. PHOTOS: RBPF

Minister at The Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah on Monday informed that “Operasi Pulih” control measures will be extended for two weeks from Monday, 1st November 2021 till Sunday, 14th November 2021.

He said this extension is a step to prepare Brunei Darussalam towards its recovery process in facing the new norms of daily life, by controlling the COVID-19 disease and at the same
time to enable the increase the vaccination coverage of the country’s population towards achieving the desired target.


 

National COVID-19 Recovery Plan Framework introduced

Minister at The Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah also announced that a comprehensive framework that incorporates national strategies and includes an effective “exit strategy”, that is, the National COVID-19 Recovery Plan Framework has been introduced, which is hoped to bring the country out of the pandemic state and into the endemic state.

This framework includes the Preparation Phase, Transition Phase and Endemic Phase.

“Currently, we are in the Preparatory Phase which includes movement control measures and the implementation of “Operasi Pulih” as well as efforts to accelerate vaccination coverage.

“The next phase, the Transition Phase will begin to scale down the control measures in phases with specific SOPs – such as the reopening of mosques, workplaces, commercial establishments and schools in accordance with adjusted capacity limits and guidelines. This phase, he added, will only be carried out after the national vaccination programme coverage reaches at least 70 per cent, which is expected to occur at the end of November 2021.


 

More details on Tuesday’s Borneo Bulletin

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