116 New COVID-19 Cases

116 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the country yesterday, taking the total to 3,683. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar, Minister of Health stated the matter yesterday afternoon at a media conference on the latest COVID-19 situation at Dewan Al 'Afiah, Ministry of Health.

There are two new clusters detected bringing the total number of active clusters to 56. The new clusters are the 3395 Cluster which contains 8 cases and the 3412 Cluster which contains 4 cases. Both the new clusters include cases that were previously reported as cases for which the source of infection has not been identified. There are 30 additional new cases to 10 of the existing active clusters. The cases in these active clusters are individuals who are currently being quarantined and were found to be in contact with several confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, 74 cases are still being investigated to determine the source of the infection. Contact tracing for all these new cases is currently ongoing. All identified close contacts are required to undergo mandatory quarantine and RT-PCR SARS-Co-V-2 test. In the meantime, 91 cases have recovered yesterday, whereby this total includes 29 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 on Day 12 and have been confirmed recovered. With that, the total number of recovered cases in Brunei Darussalam has increased to 2,149, whereas the total number active cases are 1,514. Among the active cases, eight cases are in critical condition, in which six cases require assistance of artificial ventilation. Two cases still require the help of an additional heart/lung machine, ECMO. Meanwhile, 29 cases that were categorised in Category 4 are now admitted at the Intensive Care Unit for close monitoring.

In the past 24 hours, a total of 4,052 samples have been tested for the SARS-Co-V-2 virus which brings the total number of lab tests conducted since January 2020 to 260,089.

Source: Radio Television Brunei