UK COVID variant detected, says MoH

James Kon

The United Kingdom (UK) COVID-19 variant has been detected in one of the cases reported in Brunei Darussalam last February.

At present, the case is in a stable condition and has recovered and allowed to return home in early March, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in its statement yesterday.

Contact tracing conducted for the case has found no immediate contact as he has been quarantined upon arrival in the country in accordance with existing standard operating procedures (SOPs).

The MoH urged the public not to feel anxious over the development, as the ministry has taken necessary regulatory measures to ensure that the infection does not spread.

The MoH also revealed on February 17 that a South African COVID-19 variant was detected in one of the cases reported in January.

Meanwhile, a covid-19 patient recovered yesterday, bringing the number of cases receiving treatment at the National Isolation Centre (NIC) to 13.

Brunei Darussalam also entered its second day with no new covid-19 cases, keeping the national tally of confirmed cases at 203.

The country also recorded no local transmission for 317 days.

Seven-hundred and twenty-five individuals are undergoing mandatory self-isolation at government monitoring centres after arriving from abroad while 15,019 have completed quarantine since March 2020. The MoH obtained 488 samples for SARS-CoV-2 virus testing over the past 24 hours while 111,458 tests have been carried out since January 2020.

Healthinfo.gov.bn revealed that there have been 168 cases in Brunei-Muara District, 29 in Belait District and six in Tutong District.

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