BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/Asia News Network): Brunei Darussalam recorded 173 new Covid-19 cases and one death on Tuesday (Oct 19), with two new clusters containing 19 cases, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 11,220, said Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Mohd Isham Jaafar (pic) at a press conference on Tuesday.
The death involved a 69-year-old woman who suffered from health problems and is not categorised as death due to Covid-19, the minister added.
To date, 1,630 positive cases have been admitted to isolation centres across the country, comprising 43.6 per cent local citizens and 56.4 per cent foreigners.
There are 83 additional new cases to 13 of the existing active clusters who were previously close contacts with several positive cases.
The new clusters are accommodation clusters including a worker dormitory and HHY Construction Cluster. Five clusters – Champion 7 – Platform Cluster, 3340 Cluster, 3395 Cluster, 3733 Cluster and 4944 Cluster – have been closed following no new detected cases for 28 days bringing the total number of active clusters to 166.
Meanwhile, 69 new cases are still being investigated to determine the sources of infection.
There are also two imported cases, who arrived in the country from Manila, the Philippines via Royal Brunei Airlines B1684 on Oct 13.
“One hundred and seventy-nine cases have recovered today, bringing the total number of recovered cases in the Sultanate to 8,421 cases, whereas the total number of active cases stands at 2,721.
“Among the cases receiving treatment at the National Isolation Centre, six cases are in Category 5 and are receiving treatment at the intensive care unit. All require artificial ventilation assistance with two cases requiring the help of additional heart/lung machine (ECMO).
“Meanwhile, 21 cases in Category 4 require oxygen assistance and are under close monitoring.
“In the past 24 hours, 6,254 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 451,179.”