135 New COVID-19 Cases

135 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the country yesterday, taking the total cases to 3,464.

There is one new cluster detected bringing the total number of active clusters to 52. The new cluster contains 45 cases, including cases that were previously reported as cases for which the source of infection has not been identified. This cluster is now known as the Rimba Point Cluster. There are 35 additional new cases to 13 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, 57 cases are still being investigated to determine the source of 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, 263 cases have recovered today, where this total includes 204 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 1,871, whereas the total number active cases are 1,574.

Among the active cases, eight cases are in critical condition, where six cases require assistance of artificial ventilation. Meanwhile, one more case yesterday who is in Category 5 required the help of an additional heart/lung machine, ECMO, which now brings to a total of two cases requiring the assistance of ECMO. Meanwhile, 27 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 2,472 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus which brings the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 252,161.

Source: Radio Television Brunei