Case 185 from Africa

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam yesterday detected one new imported case from Africa, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country to 185.

According to the Ministry of Health (MoH) in its daily COVID-19 situation update, Case 185 is a 23-year-old man who arrived in the country on February 3, from Africa, via Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.

Contact tracing for this case found no one categorised as a close contact, as he was quarantined upon arriving in the country, while his entire travel arrangements upon arrival and isolation have been in accordance with the existing standard operating procedures (SOPs).

He is receiving treatment at the National Isolation Centre (NIC) in the Tutong District.

With the new imported case and one recovered case allowed to go home, there are currently four cases being treated at the NIC.

Meanwhile, Brunei Darussalam has had no local transmissions in the country for 287 days.

The MoH collected 461 samples for the SARS-CoV-2 virus for testing in the past 24 hours, and has conducted 96,665 tests since January 2020.

A total of 666 individuals are undergoing mandatory self-isolation at government monitoring centres after arriving from abroad, while 13,091 have completed their stint since March 2020.

Healthinfo.gov.bn also revealed that there have been 150 cases in the Brunei-Muara District, 29 in the Belait District and six in the Tutong District.

Updates can be obtained by visiting www.moh.gov.bn, the Health Advice Line at 148 or the BruHealth application.