For two consecutive days, Brunei Darussalam has recorded more than a hundred recovered COVID-19 cases, surpassing the daily number of new positive cases and leading the total number of recoveries in the sultanate to stand at almost a thousand, with 966 cases. 

On Monday, the Ministry of Health recorded 111 recovered cases which surpassed the 76 new COVID-19 cases that day. This trend continued on Tuesday with 130 new recoveries compared to the 71 new cases that day. 

YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham. Image: Yusri Adanan

According to the Minister of Health, out of the 130 new recoveries, 51 were positive cases that were in Category 1 – meaning asymptomatic – who have undergone self-isolation for 14 days at their respective homes. 

“All of them have undergone second swab tests at Day 12 and have been confirmed recovered,” Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar said during a press conference. 

where this total includes 51 positive cases from Category 1 that have undergone self-isolation for 14 days at their respective homes. All of them have undergone second swab tests at Day 12 and have been confirmed recovered. 

Aside from being quarantined at home, a number of Category 1 COVID-19 patients are also be monitored and treated at the National Service Programme training camp in Temburong. Image: Yusri Adanan

With the record-high recoveries, the minister explained that these were cases that were found to be positive within the first week since the coronavirus made a resurgence in the sultanate, and due to this, YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham assured that there will be many recoveries to look forward to. 

“We know that more than 80% of positive cases in Brunei are in Category 1 (experiencing no symptoms) and what we have to is make sure they are okay until Day 14… We expect a lot of recoveries,” the minister added. 

The National Service Programme training camp in Temburong. Image: Yusri Adanan

Despite the promising development, Wednesday saw the sultanate’s ninth fatality. The deceased was Case 1458, an 80 year old man who was reported positive on 22nd August. He suffered from a lung infection after contracting COVID-19.  

This was following Brunei’s eighth fatality that was reported last weekend. The deceased was Case 1435, an 82 year old woman who was reported positive on 21st August. Similarly, the deceased suffered from a lung infection after contracting COVID-19.

This brings Brunei’s COVID-19 death toll to 9 people. 

The National Isolation Centre in Tutong. Image: Yusri Adanan

The number of active clusters in Brunei remains at 46 clusters and there are also 24 additional new cases connected to nine of the existing active clusters. Additionally, there are 47 cases with undetermined sources of infection. 

This means there are 1,734 active cases in Brunei, eight of which are in critical condition; seven cases requiring the aid of ventilators and one case requiring the aid of a heart/lung machine. Meanwhile, 28 cases under Category 4 have been admitted at the Intensive Care Unit for close monitoring.

The press conference yesterday also saw the Health Minister announced the Second Phase of the COVID Holding Area Mahad, Tutong will start accepting patients in Category 2 starting today, Wednesday 1 September 2021. This new facility can accommodate up to 338 patients and is jointly operated by the Ministry of Health and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. 

For further information and latest updates, please visit the official website of the Ministry of Health at www.moh.gov.bn or through the BruHealth App. Any inquiries on COVID-19 can also be directed to the Health Advice Line 148, Talian Darussalam 123, Brunei Red Crescent (BRC) Helpdesk Line or email to: askhal@moh.gov.bn

THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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