Sultanate records 13 COVID-19 cases, total now 104

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam recorded 13 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the total of confirmed cases in the Sultanate to 104.

Eight of the new cases are linked to Case 91 from a family group that went on a vacation to Surabaya, Indonesia, and returned to Brunei Darussalam on March 20, aboard Flight BI796.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar announced the developments at a press conference at the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) Al-’Afiah Hall yesterday.

He stated, “COVID-19 Case 92 is a 39-year-old woman, who is the wife of Case 81. She developed fever on March 22, and does not have any recent history of travel abroad.

“Case 93 is a 57-year-old local man, Case 96 is a 50-year-old local man, Case 97 is a 60-year-old local woman, Case 98 is a 30-year-old local woman, Case 99 is a 66-year-old local man, Case 100 is a 66-year-old local man, Case 102 is a 60-year-old local woman and Case 104 is a 51-year-old local woman. These eight cases are linked to Case 91.”

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar. PHOTO: JAMES KON

“Case 94 is a 56-year-old man who is a colleague of Case 84. He does not have any recent history of travel abroad, and developed fever on March 22.

“Case 95 is a 42-year-old woman, who is the wife of Case 90. She does not have any recent history of travel abroad, and started to develop flu on March 20.

“Case 101, a 45-year-old woman, is a contact of Case 73. She does not have any recent history of travel abroad, and developed fever on March 22.”

“Case 103 is a 41-year-old local man, who developed a fever and sore throat on March 12. Contact tracing is currently ongoing.”

The minister also informed that 102 cases are currently being treated at the National Isolation Centre, after two persons were found to have recovered from the disease. One person is in critical condition and in need of a heart-lung machine (ECMO), two are in need of close observation and the remaining cases are in good condition.

A total of 1,388 people are currently undergoing Quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Disease Act, while 376 have completed their quarantine period and are in good condition. From early January, as many as 3,647 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been carried out.

The minister also gave updates on those in self-isolation at designated places, saying, “Alhamdulillah, to date, those being placed in mandatory self-isolation are doing well. Among those involved are the National Disaster Management Centre, in cooperation with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT), the Ministry of Health (MoH), the Ministry of Development (MoD), the Ministry of Education (MoE), the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC), the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS), the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) and the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), as well as the private sector, hotels and volunteers.”

He added, “The status of people in self-isolation is monitored by the Ministry of Health, with the help of the relevant agencies, whereby our ministry is currently carrying out laboratory testing for COVID-19 in stages, according to the location.”

For information, visit the MoH’s website at moh.gov.bn, or contact the Health Advice Line at 148.