Brunei records one new COVID-19 case

James Kon

Brunei recorded a new imported COVID-19 case yesterday bringing the national tally of confirmed cases to 152 with two cases receiving treatment at the National Isolation Centre.

The latest information of COVID-19 was shared by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during a press conference.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health (MoH) Haji Abdul Manap bin Othman, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Professional) at the Ministry of Health Dr Haji Zulaidi bin Haji Abdul Latif and Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Management) at the MoH Haji Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin were also present.

Case 152 is a man aged 39 who arrived in Brunei on Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) flight BI874 on November 27 from Kuala Lumpur. He showed no signs of infection.

Contact tracing identified six contacts and they underwent COVID-19 swab test and were confirmed negative for the virus.

MoH took 101 samples for testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the past 24 hours and carried out 78,564 tests since January.

Some 613 individuals are undergoing mandatory self-isolation at government monitoring centres after arriving from abroad while 9,041 have completed their stint since March.

In its breakdown of COVID-19 cases in the country, healthinfo.gov.bn revealed that there have been 117 cases in the Brunei-Muara District, 29 in the Belait District and six in the
Tutong District.

Information can be obtained from MoH official website at www.moh.gov.bn, Health Advice Line at 148 or through the BruHealth app or healthinfo.gov.bn web app.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar speaks during the press conference. PHOTO: JAMES KON