Brunei records 16 new COVID-19 cases

James Kon

The Sultanate detected 16 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, bringing the tally of confirmed cases to 16,148.

The latest updates of the COVID-19 situation in the country were shared by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar in a press conference yesterday.

The minister said, “Of the new cases, 15 are local and the other, imported case. The number of new cases is the result of 850 laboratory tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Therefore, the rate of positive cases is 1.9 per cent.”

Among the cases being treated at the National Isolation Centre, there are no cases in Category 4 requiring oxygen assistance and under close monitoring and Category 5 requiring assistance of artificial ventilation at the intensive care unit.

Eighteen cases recovered, bringing the number of recovered cases in the Sultanate to 15,682 cases with 364 active cases. The bed occupancy rate at isolation centres nationwide is 9.2 per cent.

On the latest vaccination rate in the country, Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said, “As of January 23, 94.8 per cent of the total population had received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 93.9 per cent two doses and 37.2 per cent three doses.”

No violations were detected during the daily movement restriction between midnight and 4am yesterday.

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

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