Brunei confirms first COVID-19 case

Brunei confirms first COVID-19 case

[Breaking News] The Ministry of Health today announced that Brunei registered its first positive COVID-19 case. The patient is a 53-year old man who returned to Brunei from Kuala Lumpur on March 3 2020 with three other friends. #borneobulletin Video: James Kon

Posted by Borneo Bulletin on Monday, 9 March 2020


Brunei Darussalam recorded its first case of COVID-19 after a local male aged 53 with a history of travelling to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was tested positive for the contagious disease on Monday.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham bin Jaafar in a press conference announced the updates on the COVID-19 situation Monday evening at the Ministry of Health.

The minister urged the public not to panic.

He stated that initial laboratory tests indicated positive result for the infection yesterday afternoon. The patient arrived in Brunei on March 3 from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia together with three friends. The patient is receiving treatment at the National Isolation Centre, Tutong.

He added “The patient initially felt unwell, with body ache, high fever, cough and runny nose on March 7, 2020 and has received treatment at the Emergency Department, Hospital Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha the next day. As one of the monitoring measure, based on the patient’s travel history to the affected country and showing signs of respiratory infection, test to detect COVID-19 has been implemented. From the preliminary test result, the patient has been found positive to COVID-19 infection. The Ministry of Health is currently waiting for confirmation on the test result.

At this moment, he said “ the patient is currently in a stable condition”

The Ministy of Health has responded immediately to detect and conduct contact tracing to all of the patient’s contact including family members and three (3) of his friends who was on the same trip as the patient. All members of the family living in the same house with the patient has been notified to undergo qurantine for 14 days.

All the contacts involved will also undergo laboratory tests to detect the COVID-19 infection. The Ministry of Health will continuously maintain high vigilance to prevent and control the spread of the COVID-19 infection in Brunei Darussalam, as well as heightening surveillance and risk assessment to detect any COVID-19 infection within the community from the last two weeks, due to the rise of infection cases within the Asia-Pacific region.

The Ministry of Health would like to reiterate to the public to postpone any unnecessary travel to affected countries. This is to tighten the control of imported cases into the country, as there is definite human to human transmission of the disease.

The Ministry of Health is also seeking for public cooperation to act responsibly and avoid spreading any information that is misleading and untrue, as well as to respect the privacy of the patient and his family members. The Ministry of Health will continue to monitor the development of the COVID-19 through information received from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and regularly update the public.

The Ministry of Health will also ensure continuous prevention and control measures are in place at the highest level. For further and latest information, members of the public can visit the Ministry of Health’s website at or contact the following numbers: Health Advice Line at 2381380 or 2381383 (during office hours) or Talian Darussalam 123 (after office hours).

More details on Tuesday’s Borneo Bulletin