From December 15, 2021 until January 10, 315 cases of COVID-19 were detected in Brunei Darussalam. Among them were 114 imported cases.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) released a chart showing the breakdown of import cases by country.
There were 26 cases from Nepal, 21 from the United Kingdom, nine from India, eight from Malaysia and seven each from the United States, the Philippines and Egypt. There were six cases from the Netherlands, four from Australia, three from Indonesia, two from Laos and two from Saudi Arabia.
From the 201 cases in the local community, 32 are children below 12. However, most of them are in Category 1 while three are in Category 2A.
This was revealed by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during a press conference yesterday.
A viral message about students contracting COVID-19 and testing positive was confirmed by the minister. He said the students were infected by their family members and showed symptoms.
Antigen rapid tests (ARTs) were conducted as the students were feeling unwell. After getting a positive result, they did a PCR swab test to confirm the result.
The minister commended the family for being responsible and conducting the tests. He added that, if they had not done so, it could cause an alarming situation if they went to school without doing ART.
The minister said, “As a precautionary measure, the school was contacted and instructed their classmates to undergo quarantine as well as swab test to ensure they were not infected.” Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham advised the public not to worry as the students contracted the infection from their family members.