Ministe of Health Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Md Isham Hj Jaafar in press conference. Image: Rafidah Hamit

Brunei Darussalam’s COVID-19 infections continue to rise as five more coronavirus cases were confirmed by the Minister of Health, bringing the national tally to 83.

Speaking at the joint press conference, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Md Isham Hj Jaafar also announced the recovery of one more COVID-19 case from the National Isolation Centre, making the total number of cases recovered in Brunei stands at two.

The individual was allowed to return home however was advised to remain in self-isolation for the next seven days.

Case details

Case 79 is aged 28 and is a contact of case 13. During the early stages of contact investigations for case 13, case 79 tested negative from COVID-19 and had been undergoing quarantine since March 12.

However, the individual began showing symptoms (body aches) on March 16 and was instructed to undergo the COVID-19 laboratory test once more.

Source: Ministry of Health

Following this development, family members living in the same household were also instructed to retake the COVID-19 test with their quarantine period extended.

Case 80 aged six months old is a filial contact of Case 73. The infant has no travel history abroad and has been reported to show no signs of infection.

Case 81 and 82, are colleagues of Case 69 and both have no travelling history abroad.

Case 81 is aged 43 years old and began showing symptoms (fever, body aches and cough) on March 14 while case 82, aged 27 started experiencing headaches on March 17.

Case 83 is aged 45 and is the wife to case 71. She did not have any travelling history abroad and began experiencing fever, nausea, vomiting and headaches on March 8.

Source: Minister of Health

Currently, 81 cases are being treated at the National Isolation Centre while two of the cases are still in critical condition, requiring the aid of ventilators. 

The minister added however that the cases show signs of recovery. Meanwhile, six cases currently require careful monitoring.

As of today, 1,633 individuals are undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and 101 individuals have completed their quarantine.

Source: Ministry of Health

Since the emergence of COVID-19 in early January, a total of 2,699 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been conducted.

For further information and latest developments, visit MoH’s website at www.moh.gov.bn or call its 24-hour Health Advice Line 148.

Alternatively, members of the public can also get the latest information on the COVID-19 situation in Brunei through the GOV.BN Official channel on Telegram at https://t.me/govbnofficial

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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