Brunei Darussalam yesterday detected a total of 4,215 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the national tally of confirmed cases to 80,749 cases.
Of the new cases, 3,399 were from antigen rapid test (ART) screening and 816 from RT-PCR laboratory tests performed in the past 24 hours. No COVID-19 fatalities recorded.
This was announced by Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah at a press conference yesterday.
He revealed that about 75 to 80 per cent of the COVID-19 cases reported in the country at present are the result of ART tests performed at home.
He urged the public to report their ART results and update their daily health status in the BruHealth app to help the government monitor the COVID-19 situation in the country more effectively. It will also help the government to control the pandemic better, the minister added.
Meanwhile, 10 COVID-19 cases are in Category 4, requiring oxygen assistance and under close monitoring, while nine cases are in Category 5 needing artificial ventilation and being treated at the intensive care unit.
Some 2,395 cases recovered yesterday, bringing the total recoveries to 43,177. The bed occupancy rate at isolation centres is 11.1 per cent with 341 patients. A total of 37,096 cases are undergoing home self-isolation.
As of March 3, over 94 per cent of Brunei’s population have been vaccinated and 55.8 per cent administered booster shots.
Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin were also present at the press conference.