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Number of patients with severe COVID symptoms drop

Rokiah Mahmud

The total number of patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19 has decreased, said Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during the daily press conference yesterday.

While 17 patients remain in Category 4, the number of patients in Category 5 has dropped from nine to seven, the minister said, adding that patients in Categories 4 and 5 make up 9.2 per cent of all cases receiving treatment at the National Isolation Centre.

Meanwhile, three cases have passed away, with one unvaccinated case categorised as death due to COVID-19, while the other two not due to the virus.

“The Ministry of Health, as well as the people of Brunei Darussalam, would like to express our deepest condolences to the families. May their souls receive blessings and are placed among the pious,” said the minister.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham also shared that 2,555 new cases have been reported, bringing the total number of cases to 112,093.

Of the new cases, 1,958 were based on antigen rapid test results uploaded onto the BruHealth app, while 597 were from 3,462 RT-PCR tests performed in the past 24 hours.

He also said 4,422 cases have recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 78,341, and 33,586 cases remain active.

The bed occupancy rate in isolation centres nationwide is 7.3 per cent, with 240 active cases receiving treatment. Meanwhile, 33,346 infected individuals are undergoing home self-isolation.

The minister also noted that 58.5 per cent of the population has received three doses of the vaccine, while no violations were found during the movement restriction order between midnight and 4am yesterday.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at the press conference. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR
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