Brunei records one new COVID-19 case

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam recorded a new COVID-19 case yesterday when a 26-year-old woman who arrived in the country on November 20 tested positive for the virus.

She is receiving treatment at the National Isolation Centre (NIC).

The new case brings the national tally to 151.

This was revealed by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar in a press conference at Al-‘Afiah Hall of the Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday.

The minister said, “Case 151, is a woman aged 26 who arrived in Brunei on Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) flight BI874 from Nepal via Kuala Lumpur. She showed no signs of infection and is currently being treated and monitored at the NIC.”

He added that the MoH identified two contacts who have undergone the COVID-19 swab test and were confirmed negative.

With the latest case, the minister said, ”Ten imported cases have been confirmed since the last local infection was reported on May 6. At present, three active cases are being treated at the NIC and the Sultanate has recorded 209 days without local infections.”

He also revealed that 484 individuals are undergoing mandatory self-isolation at the monitoring centres provided by the government after arriving from abroad. Some 8,684 individuals have completed self-isolation at the monitoring centres.

In the past 24 hours, 99 samples were tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January to 77,493.

The minister reminded the public to practise personal hygiene, proper cough and sneezing etiquette and wear face masks in crowded public places. If feeling unwell, the public is advised against going to public places and attending social gatherings. The public is also urged to use the BruHealth app and scan QR codes when entering and exiting premises.

In its breakdown of COVID-19 cases in the country, healthinfo.gov.bn revealed there have been 116 cases in the Brunei-Muara District, 29 in the Belait District and six in the Tutong District.

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