Media Conference on Latest COVID-19 Situation

The Ministry of Health confirmed 15 new cases of COVID-19 infection, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in Brunei Darussalam to 172 cases. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar, the Minister of Health shared the matter in a media conference on the latest situation of COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam, yesterday afternoon.

Yang Berhormat said all the new cases are part of a group of 81 people who arrived in the country on the 21st of December 2020 from London, United Kingdom on Royal Brunei BI004 flight.

Case 165 started developing symptoms of sore throat on the 31st of December 2020, while the other cases did not have any signs of infection. All of the new cases are currently at the National Isolation Centre for monitoring and treatment. Meanwhile, the contact tracing for the new cases are still being conducted.

With the detection of the new cases, a total of 20 active cases are being treated at the National Isolation Centre. From these active cases, one case was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit for intensive monitoring and treatment while the rest were in stable condition.

Meanwhile, with the detection of the new cases, a total of 31 import cases have been confirmed since the last local infection case was reported on 6 May 2020, where, Brunei Darussalam has recorded 242 days without COVID-19 local infection case.

A total of 572 individuals are undergoing mandatory self-isolation at the monitoring centres provided by the Government, which are individuals that have just arrived in this country after traveling from abroad. At present, a total of 10,519 individuals have completed their mandatory self-isolation at the monitoring centres.

In the past 24 hours, a total of 233 samples have been tested for the SARS-Co-V-2 virus that brings the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 83,775 tests.

Source: Radio Television Brunei