South African COVID variant detected, says MoH

James Kon

The South African COVID-19 variant has been detected in a case reported in Brunei Darussalam in January.

“The case was imported from the United Kingdom and was discharged from the hospital at the end of January,” the Ministry of Health (MoH) shared in its update yesterday.

“The public is urged not to feel anxious on this development. The MoH has taken the necessary regulatory measures to ensure that the infection does not spread.

“The result of the surveillance activities so far have not found any incidents of infection related to this case in the country,” he said.

According to reports, the South African variant carries a mutation called N501Y, which appears to make it more contagious.

Meanwhile, one COVID-19 patient recovered and was discharged from the National Isolation Centre (NIC) yesterday.

There are three active cases currently receiving treatment at the NIC.

Brunei Darussalam recorded no new COVID-19 cases keeping the tally of confirmed cases in the country at 185.

The MoH also shared that Brunei Darussalam has had no local transmissions for 288 days.

The ministry obtained 585 samples for SARS-CoV-2 virus testing over the past 24 hours, and carried out 97,250 tests since January 2020.

Seven hundred and eleven individuals are undergoing mandatory self-isolation at government monitoring centres after arriving from abroad while 13,133 have completed their stint since March 2020.

Healthinfo.gov.bn revealed that there have been 150 cases in the Brunei-Muara District, 29 in the Belait District and six in the Tutong District.

Visit www.moh.gov.bn, contact the Health Advice Line at 148 or check the BruHealth app for information and updates.