One hundred and thirty-three new active cases were recorded on Friday, leading the total number of COVID-19 cases in Brunei to 3,093,  announced the minister of health.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar in a press conference also revealed that 153 individuals have recovered which figure includes 34 positive cases from Category 1 who have undergone self-isolation for 14 days at their respective homes.

The National Isolation Centre in Tutong. Image: Yusri Adanan

All of the patients have undergone second swab tests on Day 12 and have been confirmed recovered,» he said.

With that, the minister added, the total number of recovered cases in the country has increased to 1,297 cases, whereas the total number active cases are 1,781 cases.

Moreover, there are 62 additional new cases to nine of the existing active clusters and they are those who are currently being quarantined and were found to be in contact with several confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, 71 cases are still being investigated to determine the source of the infection, said the minister, adding that contact tracing for all these new cases is in full swing and identified close contacts are required to undergo mandatory quarantine and RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 testing.

Currently, there are 1,781 active cases in the country and among these cases, nine cases are in critical condition, where eight cases require assistance of artificial ventilation and one case still requires the help of an additional heart/lung machine (ECMO). 

Furthermore, 27 cases that were categorised in Category 4 are now admitted at the Intensive Care Unit for close monitoring, said the minister.

In the past 24 hours, a total of 4,603 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus which brings the total number of laboratory tests conducted from January 2020 to 243,746.

COVID-19 vaccination status

In regards to the country’s COVID-19 vaccination status, to date the total number of COVID-19 vaccinations in Brunei Darussalam is at 338,399 doses.

Currently, 51.5 per cent of the nation’s population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Image: Yusri Adanan

Meanwhile, 23.3 per cent of the population has received a complete COVID-19 vaccine injection.

The Ministry of Health also informed that to date, a total of 13,089 second vaccination slots have been put forward to an earlier date from the original date. 

The public is advised to check the status of their vaccination slot via the BruHealth app in case there is a change of date, example the date is put forward earlier than the original date,» said the minister.

For further information and latest updates, please visit the official website of the Ministry of Health at www.moh.gov.bn or by contacting the Health Advice Line 148 or email to askhal@moh.gov.bn through the BruHealth App.

THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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