Brunei records no COVID death, two clusters closed

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam recorded no COVID-19 related deaths yesterday.

Two clusters were declared closed after no new cases among them for 28 days. The closed clusters were StarLodge Cluster and Cluster 635.

However, 109 new cases were detected yesterday alongside four new clusters. This brings the total COVID-19 cases in the country to 4,675. There are currently 84 active clusters.

This was revealed 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.

The minister said there were 25 additional cases to 14 active clusters and they comprised individuals under quarantine and were close contacts to several confirmed cases.

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 during the press conference. PHOTO: JAMES KON

The new clusters are Cluster 4163 with seven new cases; Cluster 4329 with six new cases; Cluster 4571 with four new cases; and Cluster 4360 with seven new cases.

All these clusters include cases that were previously reported to have unknown sources of infection. There are 60 cases where the sources of infection are yet to be determined.

The minister said, “One hundred and fifty-six cases have recovered today, including 20 cases from Category 1 that have undergone self-isolation for 14 days at their homes. They had second swab tests on Day 12 and were confirmed recovered. With that, the total number of recovered cases in Brunei has increased to 3,144 while the active cases are 1,502.”

Among the active cases, 10 are in critical condition where nine requiring artificial ventilation while one case requires the help of an additional heart/lung machine (ECMO). Twenty-five cases were categorised in Category 4 and are in the intensive care unit for close monitoring.

In the past 24 hours, 4,566 samples were tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 291,437 tests.

The minister urged the public to abide by COVID-19 preventative measures such as frequent hand washing with soap and water or using hand sanitiser; wearing face mask indoors or when outdoors in crowded public areas; and avoid crowded places.

He also advised the public to stay at home.