BY James Kon
Brunei Darussalam has confirmed five more COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 114.
Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar provided information on these new cases at a press conference on Thursday, stating, “Case 110 is a 21-year-old local woman who flew back to the country from the United Kingdom on March 23, on flight BI004 in seat 35E. She developed a fever and a sore throat on March 20.
“Case 111 is a 42-year-old man who has links with cases 73, 80, 88, 101, 108, 109, 112 and 114. He has a history of travel to the United Kingdom, and returned to the country on March 15, where his laboratory tests came back as negative. However, he was exposed to a number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. He did not show any symptoms of infection.
“Case 112 is a 51-year-old woman who has links to cases 73, 80, 88, 101, 108, 109, 111 and 114. She does not have any recent history of travel abroad,” the minister said.
“An initial test on March 20 came back as negative. She had started her quarantine by then, and was tested again on March 24, after the confirmed case of 101 within the same cluster.
“Case 113 is a 20-year-old woman, who is the daughter of Case 103. She does not have any recent history of travel abroad, and began to experience a fever and headache on March 22. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health (MoH) is still actively carrying out investigations into Case 103.
“Case 114 is a 50-year-old woman who has links to cases 73, 80, 88, 101, 108, 109 and 112. She does not have any recent history of travel abroad. An initial test on March 20 was negative, and she was in quarantine by then. She was tested again on March 24, after the confirmed case of 101 within the same cluster. She started to develop a fever and symptoms of flu on March 24.”
The minister also said, “Alhamdulillah, three cases have recovered today at the National Isolation Centre and were allowed to return home. To date, there are five people who have recovered and allowed to go home. This means that 109 cases are still receiving treatment at the National Isolation Centre, with one in critical condition and in need of a ventilator and assisted by a heart-lung machine (ECMO).
“Meanwhile, three people are in need of close observation and the remaining cases are in good condition. “
Currently, 1,221 people are undergoing quarantine in accordance with the Infectious Diseases Act, Chapter 204, while 794 have already completed their quarantine period and are in good condition.
Since early January, 4,519 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted in Brunei Darussalam.
According to www.healthinfo.gov.bn, there are 95 cases of COVID-19 in the Brunei-Muara District, 15 in the Belait District and four in the Tutong District. There are no cases in the Temburong District.
For more information, visit the MoH’s website at www.moh.gov.bn, or contact the Health Advice Line at 148.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin