Minister of Health YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar during a press conference. Image: Wardi Wasil

The number of coronavirus infections in the sultanate has breached the three-digit mark as 13 new confirmed cases was announced on Tuesday by the Minister of Health, bringing the national tally to 104.

Speaking during a press conference, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar revealed that eight of the new cases (case 93, cases 96 to 100, case 102 and case 104) are family members of case 91.

They returned together to the sultanate boarding Royal Brunei Airlines flight BI796 on March 20 after a holiday in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Case details

  • Case 93 is local man aged 57 years old.
  • Case 96 is a local man aged 50 years old.
  • Case 97 is a local woman aged 60 years old.
  • Case 98 is a local woman aged 30 years old.
  • Case 99 is a local man aged 66 years old.
  • Case 100 is a local man aged 66 years old.
  • Case 102 is a local woman aged 60 years old
  • Case 104 is a local woman aged 51 years old.

Case 92 is the wife of case 81, aged 36 years old. She had no travel history abroad and began experiencing symptoms (fever) on March 22.

Case 94 is is 56 years old and is the work contact of case 84. Case 84 had no travel history abroad and began experiencing symptoms (fever) on March 22.

Case 95 is the wife of case 90, aged 42 years old. She does not have any travel history abroad and began experiencing symptoms (flu) on March 20.

Case 101 is aged 45 years old and is a contact of case 73. She does not have any travel history abroad and began experiencing symptoms (fever) on March 22.

Case 103 is a local, aged 41 years old. He began experiencing symptoms (fever and sore throat) on March 12. Contact tracing for this case is still ongoing.

The health minister shared that out of the 102 cases that are currently being treated at the National Isolation Centre, one case remains in critical condition, requiring the aid of a breathing machine as well as a heart/lung machine (ECMO).

Meanwhile, two cases require careful monitoring. 

A supermarket staff packing fruits. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

During the press conference, YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham had given assurance to the public that despite the directive banning all foreign nationals from entering Brunei on March 20, transportation of basic necessities into the country will not be affected. 

Businesses that require immigration license for goods such as food, vegetable, fish, medical supplies, according to the minister, are exempted from the need to obtain approval from the Department of Immigration and National Registration. 

The suspension of dine-in services for restaurants, cafe, food courts and food markets was put into effect on March 18. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The health minister then proceeded to remind the public of the suspension of dine-in services for restaurants, cafe, food courts and food markets that was announced on March 18 by the Ministry of Home Affairs. 

He asserted that legal action can be taken against anyone found to be in violation of the directive including “private homes which provide services similar to a restaurant,” he said.

As of today, 1,388 individuals are undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and 376 individuals have completed their quarantine.

Since the emergence of COVID-19 in early January, a total of 3,647 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been conducted.

Temperature checks being conducted to everyone entering one of the shopping premises in the country. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

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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