Brunei COVID-19 cases rise to 68

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam recorded 12 new cases of the COVID-19 virus, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 68 yesterday.

Five of the new confirmed cases are from a family of six.

All cases are in the National Isolation Centre where two people are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in a critical condition and in need of respiratory assistance. Two individuals are in need of close monitoring and the remaining are in a stable condition.

Meanwhile, 48 individuals completed quarantine at the Sports Village Quarantine Centre and their homes.

The update was revealed by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at the daily press briefing at the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) Al-‘Afiah Hall.

Case 57 is a 53-year-old Bangladeshi man working in the private sector who attended the Tabligh gathering on March 5. He had fever on March 12.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

Case 58 is the wife of Case 57. She does not have any recent travel history and had body aches on March 16.

Case 59 is the 13-year-old child of Case 57. The child has no recent travel history and had fever on March 13.

Case 60 is a 13-year-old girl who is the daughter to Case 57 and is the twin of Case 59. The child has no recent travel history and had fever on March 13.

Case 61 is a 12-year-old boy who is son of Case 57. The child has no recent travel history and had fever on March 14.

Case 62 is a three-year-old girl who is the daughter to Case 53. The British girl has been in the country since January 2020. The child had flu symptoms since March 13.

Case 63 is aged 62 and colleague to Case 43 and does not have any recent travel history. He met with Case 43 on March 9 and felt feverish on March 14.

Case 64 is a 49-year-old woman who is a colleague to Case 42. She does not have any recent travel history and started to have cough and flu symptoms since March 11.

Case 65 is a 29-year-old woman who is the daughter of Case 47. She has no recent travel history and met her father on March 10.

Case 66 is a seven-year-old boy who is a contact of Case 42. He has no recent travel history and did not have any symptoms of infection.

Case 67 is a 20-year-old who is close friend of Case 48. He has no recent travel history and did not have any symptoms of infection.

Case 68 is 12-year-old boy who is a contact of Case 52. Contact tracing showed that this case is the first third generation case for the Tabligh cluster. This means that there is limited transmission of the COVID-19 infection in Brunei Darussalam, but no evidence shows that the transmission is widespread. The minister said, “The MoH is actively carrying out contact tracing for each case. A total of 1,373 individuals were instructed to be quarantine according to Infectious Diseases Act Chapter 204. Since the spread of COVID-19 in early January 2020, a total of 1,926 laboratory tests have been carried out.”

For updates on the COVID-19 situation in the country, an electronic platform that uses Telegram messaging application is available. It is a joint effort of the Prime Minister’s Office, MoH, Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) as well as the E-Government National Centre. The applications are available fromyesterday. Official statements will be shared through https://t.me/govbnofficial.

To further disseminate information or advice, MTIC is joining hands with telecommunication companies to send push SMS to all mobile telephone users from yesterday.

The MoH reminded those in quarantine or self-isolation to comply with the instructions given. They are not allowed to leave their houses or places of quarantine or during the duration stated. According to the Infectious Diseases Act, the failure to comply with the instructions can be result in a fine of up to BND10,000 or six months of imprisonment or both.

For information, the public can visit the Ministry of Health website at www.moh.gov.bn or contact Health Advice line 148.