After a long spell of a decreasing trend, the number of reported COVID-19 cases in Brunei Darussalam has shown a spike last week with the average daily rate at 350 cases per day, compared to 227 cases per day in the previous week.
A total of 36,627 antigen rapid test (ART) test results were uploaded to the BruHealth application within one week of which 6.6 per cent were positive.
The increasing number of cases last week was shared by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during the weekly press conference.
Also in attendance at the press conference was Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health Dr Ang Swee Hui.
Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham also shared that 297 new cases were reported yesterday, of which 293 cases were the result of ART tests and four were the result of 230 RT-PCR laboratory tests performed in the past 24 hours.
Meanwhile, no case was recorded in Category 5 requiring treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU) while three cases in Category 4 require oxygen assistance and close supervision. As of January 8, the rate of vaccination coverage of COVID-19 in the Sultanate remains at a high level with 79 per cent of all citizens and residents receiving the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 11.6 per cent being administered the fourth dose.