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Nine deaths recorded in past 72 hours: Minister

Rokiah Mahmud

Nine COVID-19 cases have passed away in the past 72 hours, with two cases categorised as death due to the virus, said 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 at a press conference yesterday.

The minister said the Ministry of Health (MoH) is currently investigating the causes of death, and once determined, an announcement will be made.

Meanwhile, the two deaths were unvaccinated cases, the minister added.

“The MoH and the people of Brunei Darussalam express our deepest condolences to the cases’ families,” the minister said.

A total of 11 cases are in Category 4 with oxygen assistance, while seven cases are in Category 5, requiring artificial ventilation.

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 listens to a query from the media during the press conference. PHOTO: HAKIM HAYAT

“The total number of cases in Category 4 and Category 5 is 7.3 per cent of the treatment capacity for severe cases at the National Isolation Centre,” the minister said.

A total of 1,294 new COVID-19 cases were reported yesterday, bringing the total number to 124,716 cases.

Of the new cases, 1,070 were derived from the antigen rapid test (ART) results uploaded onto the BruHealth app, while 224 cases were from 2,320 RT-PCR laboratory tests conducted in the past 24 hours.

The minister also said that 2,521 cases recovered yesterday bringing a total of 111,340 recoveries in the Sultanate, while the total number of active cases is 13,187.

The bed occupancy rate at isolation centres nationwide is 6.4 per cent, with 216 active cases placed in isolation centres and hospitals and 12,971 cases undergoing home self-isolation.

As of March 19, 59.7 per cent of the total population had received three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, while over 94 per cent had at least one dose of the vaccine.

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