Thursday, February 22, 2024
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380 new COVID-19 cases detected

Izah Azahari

Some 374 local and six imported cases were recorded in the Sultanate yesterday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 17,784, a Ministry of Health statement said.

The number of recoveries totals 16,155 after 49 cases recovered. The country currently has 1,527 active cases.

The bed occupancy rate at isolation centres nationwide is at 22.6 per cent.

As of Saturday, 94.9 per cent of the population had received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, 94.0 per cent with two doses, and 42.3 per cent had received the booster shots.

Meanwhile, Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) personnel detected three violations during the movement restriction order from midnight to 4am yesterday.

The offenders, locals Sharien bin Yussof, Ampuan Abdul Nasserudin bin Akmal Hanif and Haziman bin Haji Wahab, were fined for breaching the stay-at-home directive in Brunei-Muara District.

On Saturday, Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar urged the public to stay at home if there is no pressing need to go out, abide by the standard operating procedures (SOPs) by wearing face masks and scanning their BruHealth code when entering and exiting premises.

The minister said the increase in cases is due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

The effects of the Omicron variant are less serious and those who are yet to get vaccinated are encouraged to do so, and the double-dosed the booster shot, he said.

Haziman bin Haji Wahab. PHOTOS: RBPF
ABOVE & BELOW: Sharien bin Yussof; and Ampuan Abd Nasserudin bin Akmal Hanif