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Sultanate records 210 new cases

James Kon & Izah Azahari

Brunei Darussalam recorded 210 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, pushing the national tally of confirmed cases to 139,847.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said at the daily press conference yesterday that 175 cases were detected through antigen rapid tests (ART) kits, while 35 of the 1,071 reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) laboratory tests performed in the past 24 hours, returned positive.

Three Category 5 cases are receiving treatment at the intensive care unit. A total of 387 cases have recovered, bringing the number of recovered cases to 138,167.

Meanwhile, 1,463 active cases remain, with 48 receiving treatment at hospitals and 1,415 undergoing home self-isolation.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham also pointed out that the waiting period between the first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination of children in the five to 11 age bracket is “at least three weeks”.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has scheduled the second dose to be administered within four weeks of the first dose, the minister said.

“Should a partially vaccinated 11-year-old turn 12 during the waiting period, he will still be administered the same dosage as his first shot, which is 10mg. It is not necessary to up the dosage to 30mg, which is what is set for 12-year-olds,” Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said.

Permanent Secretary at the MoH Haji Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin also attended.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar and Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health Haji Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin at the press conference. PHOTO: JAMES KON
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