Brunei records two new COVID-19 cases

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam recorded two new COVID-19 cases yesterday, raising the national tally of confirmed cases to 313.

With the two latest imported cases, 41 active cases are receiving treatment at the National Isolation Centre (NIC) in Tutong District.

All are in a stable condition.

According to the Ministry of Health (MoH) in its daily updates, Case 312 is a 39-year-old woman who arrived in the country from Jakarta on July 18.

She had a fever, cough and a headache on the second day of her quarantine. Contact tracing conducted found three close contacts for this case.

Meanwhile, Case 313 is a 20-year-old woman who arrived in the country from London on July 12. She had a cough and sore throat on July 13 and then experienced a loss of appetite.

Contact tracing found one close contact for the case.

All new cases were detected when they were undergoing quarantine.

All their travel arrangements upon arrival and quarantine followed the existing standard operating procedure.

The MoH released information on the COVID-19 situation in the country as of noon yesterday.

The Sultanate has had no local transmissions for 443 days.

A total of 777 individuals are undergoing mandatory self-isolation at government monitoring centres after returning from abroad, with 22,245 individuals having completed mandatory self-isolation at the monitoring centres since January 2020.

Over the past 24 hours, 235 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus testing, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 142,783.

Healthinfo.gov.bn revealed that there have been 278 cases in Brunei-Muara District, 29 in Belait District and six in Tutong District. Meanwhile, 3,533 individuals have been vaccinated since July 22 under the ongoing national vaccination programme, while 20,083 senior citizens have been administered with the first dose of the vaccine since the commencement of the programme in April.

As of July 22, 119,200 individuals or 26.3 per cent of the population have been administered with at least one dose of vaccine, while 22,243 or 4.9 per cent have received their second dose.

Visit www.moh.gov.bn, contact Health Advice Line at 148 or access the BruHealth app for updates.