COVID death toll rise to 43
Brunei reports the death of three COVID-19 confirmed patients today, with 193 new cases, according to the Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham bin Hj Jaafar at a press conference.
Sharing further details on the new casualties, the health minister said Case 8220 was a 69-year-old woman and Case 7091 was a 44-year-old man who both had severe lung problems due to the infection.
Case 9263 was a 6-year-old girl, and the cause of death for this case is still under investigation.
This brings the death toll in the country to 43.
193 new COVID cases, 3 new clusters
193 new cases of COVID-19 infections have been confirmed in the past 24 hours, with 3 new clusters, bringing the total number of cases to 9,665.
There are 33 additional new cases to 11 of the existing active clusters who were previously close contacts with several positive cases.
The three new clusters involves 21 cases and are all accommodation clusters, including the worker dormitory of Excapade Restaurant, Kuala Belait.
Three clusters have been closed following no new detected cases in the cluster for 28 days. The closed cluster are 2089 Cluster, 4009 Cluster and 4321 Cluster. Therefore, the current total active clusters are 163 clusters.
Meanwhile, 139 new cases are still being investigated to determine the source of the infection.
218 cases have recovered today, bringing the total number of recovered cases in Brunei Darussalam to 7,315 cases, whereas the total number active cases are 2,284 cases.
Among the cases being treated at the National Isolation Centre, seven cases are in critical condition and currently treated at the Intensive Care Unit. All of them require assistance of artificial ventilation with two cases requiring the help of additional heart/lung machine (ECMO). Meanwhile, 26 cases are categorised in Category 4 that require oxygen assistance and are under close monitoring.
‘Ops Pulih’ extended until 31 Oct
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) today announced that the “Operasi Pulih” control measures will be extended by a further 14 days, starting Monday, 18th October 2021 till Sunday, 31st October 2021.
The compound fee for violation of regulations related to“Operasi Pulih” has also been increased to BND500 effective today, according to Minister at the PMO and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah at the press conference.
In addition, the compound will also be imposed on companies whose workers have been violating the “Operasi Pulih” period from 8pm till 4am without a valid authorisation
letter, to the amount of $500 for each offence.
The names of any individuals or companies found in violation of “Operasi Pulih” also will be
publicised through the mass media.
More details on Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin