Brunei confirms viral claim of three students contracting Covid-19

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/Asia News Network): Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dato Seri Setia Dr Mohd Isham (pic) on Tuesday (Nov 23) confirmed a viral message regarding three students from Sayyidina Umar Al-Khattab Secondary School who tested positive for Covid-19 on Nov 20.

The minister said at the daily press conference that all are siblings from the same household.

He added that as schools have yet to open, the cases are categorised as residence cluster and not a school cluster.

The minister also addressed another claim that there were Covid-19 positive cases among Jerudong Fish Market vendors.

Dr Mohd Isham said a new infection was detected and close contacts of the patient have been instructed to undergo swabbing.

“If they are under quarantine and there is no BCP (business continuity plan) in place, the Jerudong Fish Market will not be able to operate,” said the minister.

Meanwhile, Brunei Darussalam recorded 71 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the national tally of confirmed cases to 14,701.

Dr Mohd Isham shared the updates at the daily press conference.

The minister said there are 37 new cases attributed to 10 existing active clusters.

Meanwhile, four new clusters have been detected involving 21 cases.

The new clusters are accommodation clusters including LKH Sdn Bhd Cluster and Mah Mega Dormitory Cluster which are housing the company’s employees.

The Pasar Gadong Cluster, Cluster 9012, Cluster 9627, Cluster 10625, Cluster 11942 and Negalang Unat Site Cluster have been closed after no new cases were detected for 28 days, bringing the number of active clusters to 145.

Dr Mohd Isham said, “Thirteen new cases are being investigated to determine the sources of infection”.

The minister also said, “Fifty-five cases recovered bringing the number of recovered cases to 14,162, while the number of active cases is 441.

“Among the active cases, five are in Category 5, requiring the assistance of artificial ventilation.”

The minister added that one case in Category 4 requires oxygen assistance and are under close monitoring.

In the past 24 hours, 4,860 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory test conducted since January 2020 to 592,626.

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