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Sultanate sees drop in COVID cases

Izah Azahari

Brunei Darussalam logged 1,465 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, bringing the nationally tally of confirmed cases to 123,422, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah said at the press conference yesterday.

Of the new cases, 1,244 were based on antigen rapid test (ART) results uploaded onto the BruHealth app, while 221 cases were detected from the 1,814 reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests conducted over the past 24 hours.

Two COVID-19 deaths were also reported in the past 24 hours, but categorised as being not COVID-19 related.

The Sultanate recorded the recovery of 3,601 cases, bringing the total number of recoveries to 108,819. Meanwhile, the number of active cases stands at 14,423.

Eleven cases are in Category 4, and six are in Category 5, bringing the treatment capacity at the National Isolation Centre to 6.5 per cent. The bed occupancy rate at isolation centres is 6.3 per cent, with 215 active cases placed at isolation centres and hospitals, and 14,208 cases undergoing home self-isolation.

As of March 18, the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme recorded 59.4 per cent of the populace having received the booster, while over 94 per cent of the populace had received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Meanwhile, the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) detected two violations during Operasi Peralihan, the movement restriction measure from midnight to 4am, one of which was breaching the stay-at-home directive.

Foreigner Sajib Pal was issued a compound fine for violating the stay- at-home directive in Brunei-Muara District.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah speaks at the press conference. PHOTO: HAKIM HAYAT
Sajib Pal. PHOTO: RBPF

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