Brunei records one new COVID-19 case

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam yesterday recorded one imported COVID-19 case, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 175.

With the latest imported COVID-19 case, the country has three active cases receiving treatment at the National Isolation Centre (NIC) in the Tutong District.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar revealed these details at a press conference at the ministry’s Al-‘Afiah Hall.

The minister said case 175 is a male aged 50 who arrived in Brunei Darussalam on BI874 flight on January 8 from the United Kingdom via Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“He had a sore throat on January 20 and at present does not have any signs of infection. He is being monitored and treated at the NIC. Contact tracing revealed he did not have any close contacts since he has been under quarantine since arriving in the country.”

The minister said with the detection of the new case, 34 import cases have been confirmed since the last local infection case on May 6, 2020. The country recorded 261 days without any local COVID-19 transmissions.

A total of 551 individuals, who arrived in the country from overseas, are undergoing mandatory self-isolation at government monitoring centres while 11,739 individuals have completed mandatory self-isolation. Meanwhile, 385 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 88,913.

He said, “The public should be equally responsible in safeguarding the people of Brunei Darussalam by ensuring that they do not violate the regulations and instructions issued during the COVID-19 pandemic, including not crossing borders to neighbouring countries through illegal routes (mouse trails) or smuggling routes.