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

The number of recovered cases in Brunei Darussalam continues to rise as the Ministry of Health (MoH) on Saturday announced that 14 more individuals have recovered from the COVID-19 virus, bringing the total number to 25.

Despite the decline in the number of positive cases the day prior, five new confirmed cases were also announced by the Minister of Health, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar, bringing the current total of COVID-19 infections in Brunei to 120.

Speaking during a press conference, the health minister said that the 14 recovered cases have been allowed to return home, which means 94 cases are still being treated at the National Isolation Centre.

“Of these, two are in critical condition and needing respiratory assistance, the other two are under close monitoring and the rest are in good condition,” added YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham.

Source: Ministry of Health

Case details

  • Case 116 is a local woman aged 59 years old who returned to Brunei on March 19 onboard Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) flight BI004 (seat 31J). She started developing symptoms (body aches and cough) on March 23.
  • Case 117 is aged 21 years old, who returned from the United Kingdom on March 22 onboard RB flight BI004 (seat 44J). He was undergoing self-isolation upon arrival and only started developing symptoms (flu) on March 22.
  • Case 118 is aged 20 years old and is a family contact to case 116. He does not have any travel history abroad and shows no signs of infection.
  • Case 119 is aged 35 years old who returned to Brunei from the United Kingdom on March 23 onboard RB flight BI004 (seat 38C). He has no signs of infection.
  • Case 120 is aged 32 years old returned from Manila on March 14 onboard RB flight BI686. He started developing symptoms (cough and flu) on March 14.

As of today, 909 individuals are undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and 1,110 individuals have completed their quarantine and are in stable condition.

Students on the way to their respective isolation centres. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

Since the emergence of COVID-19 in early January, a total of 5,333 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 the Ministry of Health

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