Brunei records one death, 70 new COVID cases detected

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam recorded 70 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 14,771. A COVID-19 patient also passed away due to several health problems.

This was announced by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at the daily press conference yesterday.

“By the will of Allah the Almighty, the Ministry of Health (MoH) would like to inform the public that one COVID-19 confirmed case has returned to the grace and mercy of Allah the Almighty,” he said.

“The case was a 64-year-old man, who suffered several health problems and is not categorised as a death due to COVID-19.

On the number of infections, Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said, “There are 18 additional new cases to seven of the existing active clusters who were previously close contacts with several positive cases.”

Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong and Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar. PHOTO: JAMES KON

Three new clusters were detected in the Sultanate comprising a home cluster, a staff housing cluster (Borneo Air Conditioning & Engineering) and a public cluster (Pasar Pantai Jerudong).

“There are 26 new cases still being investigated to determine the sources of infection,” the minister added.

Six clusters have been closed after no new cases were detected for 28 days. They are Cluster 4524, Cluster 7618, Cluster 8308, Cluster 9076, Cluster 12021 and Cluster 12057.

The total number of active clusters stands at 142.

Meanwhile, 48 cases have recovered yesterday, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 14,210 cases, while the total number of active cases stands at 462.

The minister said four cases are in Category 5 and receiving treatment at the intensive care unit, all requiring artificial ventilation assistance. Meanwhile, one case is in Category 4 requiring oxygen assistance.

In the past 24 hours, 3,872 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 596,498.

The minister reminded the public that taking the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect oneself, in addition to adopting other preventive measures such as wearing face mask, maintaining personal hygiene, practising proper sneezing and coughing etiquette, and practising social distancing by staying at home.