133 New COVID-19 Cases

133 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Brunei Darussalam, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 3,093 people. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar, Minister Of Health stated the matter during the Media Conference of COVID-19 Situation at Dewan Al 'Afiah, Ministry of Health.

According to the Minister, there are 62 additional new cases to 9 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, 71 cases are still being investigated to determine the source of the infection. Contact tracing for all these new cases is currently undergoing. All identified close contacts are required to undergo mandatory quarantine and RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test.

In the meantime, 153 cases have recovered, where this total includes 34 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 at Day 12 and have been confirmed recovered. With that, the total number of recovered cases in Brunei Darussalam has increased to 1,297 cases, whereas the total number of active cases are 1,781 cases.

Among the active cases, nine cases are in critical condition, where eight cases require assistance of artificial ventilation. Meanwhile, one case still requires the help of an additional heart/lung machine, ECMO. Meanwhile, twenty-seven 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 4,603 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus which brings the total number of lab tests conducted since January 2020 to 243,746.

Source: Radio Television Brunei