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774 new COVID cases, third day under 1,000

James Kon

For the third day in a row, the daily new COVID-19 cases in the Sultanate were under the 1,000 mark as 774 new cases were detected yesterday. Of the new cases, 671 were from ART results uploaded to the BruHealth app while 103 were from 1,238 RT-PCR laboratory tests performed in the past 24 hours.

With the latest detections, the national tally for confirmed COVID-19 cases is 130,611.

Meanwhile in the past 24 hours, two COVID-19 fatalities were recorded. One was categorised as death due to COVID-19 and had only received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The other fatality was categorised as death not due to COVID-19.

The update of the COVID-19 situation in the country was shared by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during the daily press conference yesterday.

Also in attendance was 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 Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar. PHOTO: JAMES KON

In light of the fatalities, Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said, “Representing the Ministry of Health as well as the people of Brunei Darussalam, we express our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased. May the deceaseds’ families be given patience and may their souls be placed among the pious and receive blessings.”

The minister also revealed that the number of cases in Category 4 is now 10 after the addition of one case. Meanwhile, the total number of cases in Category 5 remains at one.

The total number of cases in Categories 4 and 5 is 4.2 per cent of the treatment capacity of the categories at the National Isolation Centre. A total of 2,344 cases have recovered, bringing the total number of recovered cases in Brunei Darussalam to 122,905 and the total active cases to 7,504.

The bed occupancy rate in isolation centres nationwide is 3.3 per cent with 133 active cases in isolation centres and hospitals. A total of 7,371 positive cases are undergoing home self-isolation.

As of March 25, under the National Vaccination Programme, 60.6 per cent of the country’s total population has received three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

No violations were reported during the movement restriction order from midnight to 4am yesterday.