COVID-19 cases up 160 to 6,700

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam recorded 160 new COVID-19 cases yesterday. It is a reduction from the previous day’s 254 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 6,700.

Three new clusters were registered bringing the total active clusters in the Sultanate to 110.

This was announced by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at the daily press conference yesterday.

The minister revealed there were 53 additional cases to eight active clusters.

The minister said, “The three new clusters were Cluster 6041 with five cases; Cluster 6601 with five cases; and five cases detected following a mass swabbing operation at Kampong Subok on September 25.”

Cluster 2155 and TOTAL Cluster were declared closed following no new cases for 28 days.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar and Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman during the daily press conference. PHOTO: JAMES KON

Some 92 new cases are being investigated to determine the source of the infection.

The minister announced that 117 cases have recovered bringing the number of recoveries to 4,443, while active cases number 2,212.

The minister said, “Eight cases are in Category 5 and receiving treatment at Intensive Care Unit.

“All require artificial ventilation with one case requiring the help of an additional heart/lung machine (ECMO).

“Thirty-eight cases are categorised in Category 4 requiring oxygen assistance and under close monitoring.”

“In the past 24 hours, 4,322 samples were tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus bringing the number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 340,308,” said the minister.

Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman was also present.