COVID-19: Fourth day in a row with no new case

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam marked four continuous days without new COVID-19 cases yesterday. The total number of COVID-19 cases in Brunei Darussalam remains at 141.

Following the contact tracing for Cases 139, 140 and 141, 114 contacts have undergone the SARS-CoV-2 testing, and all have tested negative.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar shared the COVID-19 updates at the daily press conference at the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) Al-‘Afiah Hall yesterday.

The minister said, “Alhamdulillah, by the grace of Allah the Almighty, there are no new COVID-19 cases in the country. Therefore, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Brunei Darussalam remains at 141.”

He explained that no recoveries were reported yesterday. Therefore the total number of cases recovered remains at 134. This brings the number of active cases being treated at the National Isolation Centre (NIC) to six, where two are still in critical condition.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar speaks at the press conference. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS

One still requires heart-lung machine (ECMO) as well as respiratory assistance, and the other only requires respiratory assistance. The rest are in a stable condition.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham provided updates on people under quarantine and on those who have completed quarantine. He said, “108 individuals are currently undergoing quarantine in accordance to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and 2,575 individuals have completed their quarantine.”

In the past 24 hours, 169 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 16,037 tests.

On the source of infection in connection with Cases 139, 140 and 141, the minister said, “The results of the investigation for the cases have not identified the cause of the infection.

“Investigations have shown that it is highly likely that Case 141 was the first to have signs of the infection and infected Case 139 and Case 140. The MoH is conducting further investigations to determine the cause of the infection.”

For information, the public can visit www.moh.gov.bn or contact the Health Advice Line at 148 or through the web application healthinfo.gov.bn. In its breakdown of COVID-19 cases in the country, healthinfo.gov.bn revealed that the Brunei-Muara District has 110 cases, Belait District 25 and Tutong District six.