49 New COVID-19 Cases

Brunei Darussalam reported 49 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total cases to 543. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar, Minister of Health stated the matter at a media conference on the latest COVID-19 situation yesterday afternoon at Dewan Al 'Afiah, Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health also stated there are 3 new clusters detected namely the Dragon Boat Cluster, 499 Cluster and Champion 7 Cluster. Joining the press conference was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy.

According to Yang Berhormat, there are additional cases for the existing active clusters, 21 cases for Chung Hua KB Cluster; 4 cases for the ABCi Cluster; 3 for the Immigration Cluster; 2 for the Semporna Enak Cluster and 2 for the TOTAL Cluster. In addition, there are 3 new clusters detected. 6 new cases reported are related to Case 441 and Case 450 reported, 11th August. The Cluster is now known as the Dragon Boat Cluster. Another new cluster with 3 identified cases is now known as Cluster 499 which refers to one of the case in the cluster. One more cluster with 3 identified cases involving workers of the Champion 7 oil rig is now known as the Champion 7 Cluster.

All of the cases reported yesterday were local cases, including 5 cases where the source of infection is still being determined. Cases in the active clusters are those who are undergoing quarantine after coming into contact with several previous positive cases. Contact tracing for all new cases is currently on-going. All identified close contacts are required to undergo mandatory quarantine and RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test. Meanwhile, 3 cases have recovered, bringing the total recovered cases to 322. This means there are 218 active cases in the country, with 2 cases in critical condition and requiring respiratory assistance, and two other cases are under close monitoring. In the past 24 hours, 2,210 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of lab tests conducted since January 2020 to 164,809 tests.

Source: Radio Television Brunei