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Downward trend in daily new COVID cases

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam’s daily new COVID-19 cases continued to record a downward trend with 1,911 new cases reported yesterday. Of the new cases, 983 were from ART test results uploaded to the BruHealth app, while 208 were from 2,177 RT-PCR laboratory tests performed in the past 24 hours.

With the new reported cases, the accumulated number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country has reached 127,300.

Meanwhile three fatalities were recorded with one categorised as death due to COVID-19.

The update on the COVID-19 situation in the country was shared by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at the daily press conference yesterday after completing his home isolation period for close contact.

Also in attendance was 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. In light of the COVID-19 fatalities, Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said, “Representing the Ministry of Health as well as the people of Brunei Darussalam, we would like to express our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased. May their souls be placed among the pious and receive blessings.”

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at the daily press conference yesterday. PHOTO: JAMES KON

The minister also revealed that the number of cases in Category 4 reduced by one, to 10 cases in total while Category 5 cases remained at five. This total represents 5.8 per cent of the treatment capacity of Categories 4 and 5 at the National Isolation Centre.

Meanwhile, he noted that 1,484 cases have recovered bringing the total number of recovered cases in Brunei Darussalam to 115,138 and total active cases to 11,966.

At present, the bed occupancy rate in isolation centres nationwide is 4.8 per cent with 172 active cases placed in isolation centres and hospitals. A total of 11,794 positive cases are undergoing home self-isolation.

As of March 21, 60 per cent of the total population has received three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 94 per cent receiving at least two doses.