4 More New Covid-19 Cases Have Been Confirmed, Bringing the Total Number To 54

In a media conference, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar, Minister of Health; Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin Bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Osman, Minister of Religious Affairs and Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mohamad Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy further explained the situation of the case late yesterday afternoon.

In the media conference, the Minister of Health confirmed 4 more cases, bringing the total number to 54.

3 of the new cases are categorised as second generation to the tabligh or religious gathering cluster in Kuala Lumpur, which are those who are not directly infected by the tabligh congregants attending the gathering in Kuala Lumpur. They are infected through close contacts of the tabligh congregants. Meanwhile, another case was from abroad.

Case 51 is a 29 year old woman who is a colleague of Case 37, where Case 37 is categorised as the first generation of the Tabligh cluster. She has no travel history overseas and did not display any infection symptoms.

Case 52 is a 27 year old woman who is the wife of Case 43, where Case 43 is categorised as the first generation of the Tabligh cluster. She has no travel history overseas and began experiencing cough, runny nose, headache and fatigue on 12 March 2020.

Meanwhile, Case 53 is a 42 year old British man who has family in the country. He arrived in the country on 9 March 2020 via Royal Brunei BI004. Prior to his arrival in Brunei Darussalam, he went to Switzerland and several cities in the United Kingdom. He began experiencing fever, sore throat, coughing, runny nose and respiratory problems on 14 March 2020.

Case 54 is a 39 year old woman who is a contact to Case 30, where Case 30 is categorised as the first generation of the Tabligh cluster. She has no travel history overseas and began experiencing cough and sore throat on 12 March 2020.

The Ministry of Health informs the public that all the confirmed cases are being treated at the National Isolation Centre. One of them is in critical condition, requiring intubation and currently being treated at the Intensive Care Unit of the centre. The patient is in stable condition. Two more cases are under close scrutiny, while the rest are in good and stable conditions.

In this regard, the Ministry of Health welcomed members of the public to donate blood to increase the blood supply at the Blood Bank, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital. Blood donors can make appointments by contacting 2242424 extension 5745.

The Ministry of Health continues to carry out contact tracing for each case. To date, 1,013 people have been instructed to undergo quarantine according to the Infectious Diseases Act, Chapter 204. Meanwhile, since the COVID-19 pandemic began in early January 2020, 1,312 laboratory cases for COVID-19 have been conducted.

Following last night's announcement on banning citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam traveling out of the country, for further information the public can contact 2235962 or 2235953 from 7:45 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon during office hours or by filling in the documents. Form A is for Citizens and Residents of Brunei Darussalam including holders of Green Identity Cards. Form B is for Civil Servants and Employees of Statutory Boards and Form C is for companies. Application form is available at the Prime Minister's Office website at PMO.gov.bn and by emailing to travelapplication@jpm.gov.bn, along with scanned copies. In this regard, starting yesterday, operating hours for all Immigration Control Posts via land will be shortened from 6 in the morning to 10 in the evening.

For further information and latest progress, visit the Ministry of Health's website @moh.gov.bn or contact Health Advice Line 148.

Source: Radio Television Brunei