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Brunei detects cases of Omicron subvariant BA.5

Brunei Darussalam confirmed the presence of Omicron subvariant BA.5 in the Sultanate, following the latest results of gene sequencing tests for COVID-19 cases, Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar announced at the COVID-19 press conference on Monday.

The discovery of Omicron subvariant BA.5 in the Sultanate was in addition to Omicron subvariant BA.4 announced at a press conference last week.

The minister said, “The increase in cases in recent weeks is most likely due to Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5. The situation is similar to that in other countries. It is also expected that the increase will not burden our healthcare system.”

More details on Tuesday’s Borneo Bulletin