Brunei reports eight new imported Covid-19 cases, 321 cases in total - all from Indonesia but no local cases for 444 days

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, July 24 (Xinhua): Brunei reported eight new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the national tally to 321.

According to Brunei's Ministry of Health, two of the new cases arrived in the country from Indonesia via Singapore on July 11, 2021, who had no signs of infection.

The other six cases arrived in the country from Jakarta, Indonesia on July 18, 2021, onboard the same flight with a patient recorded on Friday. Five of the six cases show no signs of infection and the contact tracing has found 10 close contacts for all the six cases.

All the new cases were detected when they were undergoing quarantine and they are being treated and monitored at the National Isolation Center with 41 other active patients, who are all in a stable condition.

With the detection of the new cases, a total of 180 imported cases have been confirmed since the last local infection case on May 6, 2020. Brunei has recorded 444 days without local Covid-19 infection cases.

There have been a total of 269 recovered patients and three deaths reported from Covid-19 so far in the country.

The health ministry also said that as of July 23, 119,721 individuals had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines, accounting for about 26.4 percent of Brunei's total population.

Brunei previously announced that COVID-19 vaccines, including those from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, China's Sinopharm, would be administered in the country.

All Brunei citizens and residents, including foreign nationals with a valid identification card, can receive the Covid-19 vaccination for free. - Xinhua
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