Media Conference on Latest COVID-19 Situation

The Ministry of Health confirmed 1 new case of COVID-19 infection, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in Brunei Darussalam to 173 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.

Case 173 is a 38-year-old man who arrived in the country on the 25th of December 2020 from Indonesia via Singapore on Singapore Airline SQ148 flight. He showed no signs of infection and is currently being monitored and treated at the National Isolation Centre. Contact tracing for the case is still being conducted.

Meanwhile, with the detection of the new case, a total of 21 cases are being treated at the National Isolation Centre. From these active cases, one case is still admitted at the Intensive Care Unit for intensive monitoring and treatment, while the rest are in stable condition.

A total of 32 import cases have been confirmed since the last local infection case was reported on the 6th of May 2020, where Brunei Darussalam has recorded 246 days without COVID-19 local infection case.

A total of 700 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 10,765 individuals have completed their mandatory self-isolation at the monitoring centres.

In the past 24 hours, a total of 382 samples have been tested for the SARS-Co-V-2 virus that brings the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 84,830 tests.

The Ministry of Health would like to remind the public to practice their social responsibilities by maintaining personal hygiene, practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette, recommended to wear a face mask in crowded public places and if feeling unwell, not to go to public places and attend gatherings or events. As per the provisions under the Infectious Diseases Act Section 204, the public is required to comply with all regulations and instructions that have been issued and are still in force during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: Radio Television Brunei