Minister of Health YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Md Isham Hj Jaafar during a press conference at the Ministry of Health. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

Nine more individuals have recovered from the coronavirus, the Ministry of Health (MoH) announced on Sunday, bringing Brunei’s total number COVID-19 recoveries to 34.

This latest development was shared by Minister of Health, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar during a press conference, who also revealed six more new confirmed cases, bringing the national tally of COVID-19 infections to 126.

The health minister added that the nine recovered cases have been allowed to return home, which means 91 cases are currently being treated at the National Isolation Centre.

Of these, two cases remain in critical condition, while three cases are under close monitoring.

The minister also pointed out that one positive case in particular, was identified through the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool featured in the recently launched real-time web application platform healthinfo.gov.bn.

“The ministry is urging the public to utilize the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool in order for MoH to monitor and evaluate the COVID-19 situation in Brunei,” he said adding that the input for the assessment tool would also aid the ministry in future plans for managing the outbreak.

Case details

  • Case 121 is 21 years old who volunteered to undergo the COVID-19 laboratory test at the Sports Complex of Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital on March 27. This case is still under investigation.
  • Case 122 is 67 years old and is the husband to case 116. He has no travel history abroad and began experiencing symptoms (coughing) on March 23.
  • Case 123 is a 19 year old who returned to Brunei from Melbourne, Australia onboard Royal Brunei Airlines flight BI006 (seat 30A) on March 19. She began experiencing symptoms (sore throat) on the same day.
  • Case 124 is 30 years old and the wife to case 120. She has no travel history abroad and has shown no symptoms of infection.
  • Case 125 is a 51 year old who returned to Brunei from a family vacation in Thailand onboard RB flight BI514 (seat 34A) on March 21. She began experiencing symptoms (headache, coughing, body ache and flu) on March 23.
  • Case 126 is a 31 year old who travelled to Austria on March 7 and returned to Brunei via London onboard RB flight BI004 on March 15. He underwent self-isolation immediately upon returning and began experiencing symptoms (headache and sore throat) on March 17.

46 per cent of positive cases show no symptoms

During the press conference, YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham went on to inform the public that a significant percentage (46%) of the confirmed cases were “asymptomatic” or did not exhibit any symptoms.

In the cases where the symptoms were apparent, according to the minister, the majority of the individuals experienced coughs, fever, flu, headaches, sore throat, chills, weakness and body aches.

“Whereas, most of the COVID-19 infection methodologies detected in this country are through imported cases and through local close contact cases,” he explained, adding that out of the total number of confirmed cases, 77 are male, while 49 are female.

The minister proceeded to re-emphasize to the public to continue to take precautionary measures, including taking care of personal hygiene and continuing to practice social or physical distancing.

“At the same time, the ministry would like to remind those that have been permitted to self-isolate at home to comply to the guidelines governing self-isolation, including staying in their rooms, not to mingle with family members and not to leave the house,” he continued.

“This is to avoid the risk of infection to other family members if the individual is found to be positive for COVID-19,” he added.

Students making their way to the respective self-isolation centres. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

As of today, 917 individuals are undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and 1,298 individuals have completed their quarantine and are in stable condition.

Since the emergence of COVID-19 in early January, a total of 5,656 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been conducted, meaning that 1 in 82 people in the country has undergone the COVID-19 test.

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

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.

Image: Courtesy of Ministry of Health

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