BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/Asia News Network): Brunei Darussalam recorded 166 new Covid-19 cases and one death on Wednesday (Oct 20). This brings the national tally of confirmed cases to 11,386 while the death toll is 51.
This was announced by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Mohd Isham Jaafar at the daily press conference.
The minister said, “The deceased was a 53-year-old man who suffered lung problems after being infected with Covid-19 and was admitted to Intensive Care Unit.
“On behalf of the MoH as well as the people of Brunei Darussalam, I convey my deepest condolences to his family. May the family of the deceased be given patience and strength in his passing,” the minister added.
The minister said there are 55 additional cases to the 17 existing clusters.
“One new housing cluster was detected. It is Anggerek Desa Staff House Cluster with nine cases.
“There are 102 new cases being investigated to determine the sources of infection.
“Clusters 4571 and 5289 were closed following no new cases detected for 28 days. The total active clusters are 165,” the minister said.
He said, “One hundred and ninety-eight cases have recovered today bringing the total number of recoveries to 8,619 while the total active cases are 2,688.
“Five cases are in Category 5 and receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit requiring artificial ventilation with two cases requiring the help of additional heart/lung machine (ECMO).
“Twenty-one cases are categorised in Category 4 requiring oxygen assistance and are under close monitoring.
“In the past 24 hours, 3,000 samples were tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 454,179.”
The minister also urged all eligible individuals in Brunei to get vaccinated.
He sad breakthrough infection happens and those vaccinated can be infected with Covid-19, but with milder symptoms. To reduce transmission, it is best if everyone eligible gets vaccinated.
The minister said, “We are no longer following the previous plan where we want 70 per cent of those who can receive the vaccine to get jabbed. We want everyone eligible to get vaccinated.”
Dr Mohd Isham said the Delta variant is still the dominant variant in Brunei.
The genome sequencing machine that arrived in August is one of several equipment and the complete set has yet to arrive meaning that the Ministry of Health hasn’t been doing genomic sequencing locally, he said.
“The government is still sending samples outside the country, specifically to laboratories in Hong Kong,” he added.