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Brunei detects 756 new COVID cases

James Kon

For the second consecutive day, Brunei Darussalam’s daily number of new COVID-19 cases stayed below the 1,000 mark with 756 new cases detected yesterday. This brings the national tally of confirmed cases to 129,837. Of the new cases, 664 were from antigen rapid test (ART) results uploaded to the BruHealth app, while 92 were from 1,448 RT-PCR laboratory tests performed in the past 24 hours.

No COVID-19 fatalities were recorded in the past 24 hours.

The latest updates were shared by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at the daily press conference yesterday.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health (MoH) Haji Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin was also present.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said, “The number of cases in Category 4 has risen to nine with the addition of a new case, while the number of cases in Category 5 has reduced to one with the reduction of two cases. The total number of cases in Categories 4 and 5 is 3.8 per cent of the treatment capacity of the categories at the National Isolation Centre (NIC).”

Meanwhile, 1,581 cases have recovered, bringing the national tally of recovered cases to 120,561 with 9,076 active cases, said the minister.

At present, the bed occupancy rate at isolation centres nationwide is 3.8 per cent with 139 active cases placed in isolation centres and hospitals, while 8,937 are undergoing home self-isolation.

As of March 24, the minister said under the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, 60.5 per cent of the population has received three doses.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar with Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health Haji Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin at the conference. PHOTO: JAMES KON
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