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Minister calls for public to get boosted

James Kon

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham called on the public, who are eligible to take the booster shot to do so.

“Scientific studies have shown that two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine can provide protection against severe effects of COVID-19. However, three doses of the vaccine will provide additional protection of up to 90 per cent against the same severe effects,” he said.

The minister also shared at yesterday’s press conference that Brunei Darussalam recorded 1,477 new COVID-19 cases, where all were local, bringing the national tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 23,992.

The new cases were detected through 5,167 laboratory tests carried out in the past 24 hours.

According to the minister, there are 99 active clusters being monitored by the Ministry of Health (MoH), none of which were businesses or public places.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar and Permanent Secretary at the MoH Haji Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin at the press conference yesterday. PHOTO: JAMES KON

He added that no COVID-19 deaths have been reported.

Of the 6,476 active cases, four are in Category 4 requiring oxygen assistance and are under close observation. One case in Category 5 is being treated at the intensive care unit, requiring artificial ventilation.

“There are two new cases in Category 4 one of whom has had three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, while the other double-dosed. The Category 5 case is a 38-year-old male, a double-vaccinated individual with health conditions.”

According to the minister, 178 cases have recovered, bringing the total number of recovered cases in the Sultanate to 17,414 cases.

The bed occupancy rate in isolation centres nationwide is 20.4 per cent, or 483 active cases. Another 5,993 cases are undergoing home isolation.

As of February 13, over 94 per cent of the populace had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 46.3 per cent had been boosted.

Also present at the press conference was Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health Haji Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin.