Brunei has reported one new case of COVID-19 after three weeks without infection, bringing the national tally to 139 cases.
Minister of Health in a press conference revealed that the case was detected following surveillance conducted among citizens and residents, including foreign workers.
“Patient 139 is a 40-year-old man and the ministry is currently investigating the case and doing contract tracing,” said Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar.
The minister further said that no patients have recovered from the novel coronavirus today with the total number of recoveries to remain at 131.
Seven patients are under treatment at the National Isolation Centre, while two patients still in critical condition, with both requiring respiratory and heart/lung machine (ECMO) assistance.
At present, a total of 2551 individuals have completed their quarantine, while 30 individuals are currently undergoing quarantine in accordance to the Infectious Disease Act (Chapter 204).
In the past 24 hours, 144 samples have been tested for SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 14,754 tests.
Meanwhile, two recovered patients have been re-admitted to the NIC adding that one case has been allowed to return home.
This brings the total number of such cases as of today to 24 individuals, added the health minister.
YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar also reminded and emphasised to the public to always be vigilant and observe preventive measures such as social distancing, avoid crowds and only leave home when necessary.
“This is in addition to practicing personal hygiene such as regular hand washing and proper coughing and sneezing etiquette,” said the minister.
Alternatively, members of the public can also get the latest information on the COVID-19 situation in Brunei through GOV.BN official channel on Telegram at https://t.me/govbnofficial
The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN