54 New COVID-19 Cases

54 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Brunei Darussalam, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 494. 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. Also joining the media conference was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and the Second Minister of Finance and Economy.

There are additional cases to the currently active clusters namely: 25 cases for Chung Hua KB Cluster; 8 cases for Semporna Enak Cluster and 3 cases for Al-Falah Cluster. The cluster is related to a number of cases from Freda Radin School and the cluster is now known as Al-Falah – Freda Radin Cluster; and 1 case for TOTAL Cluster.

4 new cases related to Case 423 which was reported on 10th August, in which one of the cases' source of infection is still being determined. The cluster is now known as Immigration Cluster. There is a possibility that the cluster is from a positive case who acquired services from the Bandar Seri begawan and Kuala Belait branches of the Department of Immigration and National Registration on 31st July 2021. Anyone who went to these counters on that day and is currently exhibiting symptoms of infection is advised to immediately get treatment and conduct the SARS-CoV-2 tests at swabbing centres.

All the cases reported today are local infections, including 13 cases where the source of infection is still being determined. The cases in these active clusters were those who are undergoing quarantine after being found to have 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, 5 cases who were treated at the National Isolation Centre have recovered, bringing the total of recovered cases to 319. Currently, 172 active cases are being treated at the National Isolation Centre. 2,535 samples of the SARS Co-V-Two virus test were carried out, bringing the total number of lab tests conducted since January 2020 to 162,599.

Source: Radio Television Brunei