The number of new COVID-19 cases in Brunei Darussalam continued to see a slight increasing trend with an average daily rate of 437 cases per day last week as compared to 388 cases per day in the previous week.
The number of ART results uploaded to the BruHealth app was found to have decreased last week, where only 17,083 ART test results were reported and 17.6 per cent of them were positive results.
These were reported by Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah as Acting Minister of Health during the weekly press conference on the COVID-19 situation in the Sultanate yesterday.
Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew also shared that a total of 431 new cases were reported yesterday, 427 cases of which were ART results and four from 256 RT-PCR laboratory tests that have been carried out in the past 24 hours.
There is one case in Category 5, requiring treatment in the intensive care unit whereas six cases in Category 4 requiring respiratory assistance and close monitoring.
The minister said the rate of vaccination coverage of COVID-19 in the country remains at a high level, with 78.6 per cent having received the third COVID-19 vaccine and 10.7 per cent with four doses.
Meanwhile, on the trend of Influenza cases and influenza-like infections (ILI), Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew revealed that there is a slight reduction in the past week for Influenza cases but the number of ILI cases remains high.
The minister advised the public to remain vigilant and take preventive measures, such as self-isolation when experiencing signs of infection, avoid crowded places, see a doctor immediately if signs of infection persist or worsen, and to get the influenza vaccine, especially for those over the age of 60 or have health problems.
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health Haji Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin was also in attendance.