BY James Kon
Brunei Darussalam’s COVID-19 cases rose to 109, after five new ones were recorded on Wednesday.
Two of the new cases are linked to cases 73, 80, 88 and 101, who belong to the cluster on board the flight from the United Kingdom (UK) to Brunei Darussalam on March 16.
A total of 655 individuals completed their quarantine period on Wednesday, and are said to be in stable condition.
These latest updates were provided by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at a press conference at the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) Al-’Afiah Hall.
Describing the new cases, he said, “Case 105 is a 17-year-old boy with links to the family cluster that went on vacation in Surabaya and returned to the country on March 20, on Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) flight BI796.
“Case 106 is local woman aged 23, who returned to the country from the United Kingdom on March 23, aboard Royal Brunei Airlines flight BI004 with Seat 39B. She began experiencing headaches on March 24.”
“Case 107 is a foreign worker aged 51, who works in the country and arrived in Brunei Darussalam from Surabaya, Indonesia on March 20, aboard Royal Brunei Airlines flight BI796 with Seat 29B. However, this case is not in the same group with Cases 91, 93, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 102, 104 and 105.
“Case 108 is a 72-year-old man who has links with the cluster related to Cases 73, 80, 88, 101 and 109. He flew back from the UK with Case 73 on March 16, and the laboratory test carried out in the initial stages was negative. He did not exhibit any infectious symptoms.
“Lastly, Case 109 is a 33-year-old man who has links to the cluster related to Cases 73, 80, 88, 101 and 108. He does not have any recent history of travel abroad, and started to develop fever and flu on March 23.”
The minister also said that out of the 107 individuals being treated at the National Isolation Centre, one is in a critical condition and in need of a ventilator, as well as a heart-lung machine (ECMO). Three individuals are under close observation, while the remaining are in stable condition.
A total of 1,211 individuals are currently undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Disease Act, Chapter 204, while 655 have completed their quarantine period and are in stable condition.
Since early January, 4,048 tests for COVID-19 have been carried out in Brunei Darussalam.
According to www.healthinfo.gov.bn, Brunei-Muara District recorded 90 cases, Belait District 15 and Tutong District four. The Temburong District has zero cases.
For details, visit the MoH’s website at moh.gov.bn, or contact the Health Advice Line at 148.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin