Brunei minister warns against complacency amid low new case numbers; 22 new Covid-19 cases reported on Sunday night (Dec 5)


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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Dec 6 (Borneo Bulletin): The Brunei public should not be complacent, celebrate or be too comfortable with the current decrease in new Covid-19 cases. Instead, they should be grateful and cautious.

This was the call made by Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mokti during the Munajat night organised by the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA).

The minister also expressed his appreciation to the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Mohd Isham Jaafar for motivating the frontliners to work tirelessly to contain the outbreak.

Brunei recorded 22 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the national tally of confirmed cases to 15,186 on Sunday (Dec 5).

The figures were shared by Dr Mohd Isham at the daily press conference yesterday, adding that 55 cases also recovered on Sunday.

The minister said there are 10 additional new cases to five existing acting clusters, and 10 new cases are still under investigation to determine the sources of infection.

No new clusters were detected while seven have been closed after no new cases were detected for 28 days, bringing the total number of active clusters to 111.

With 55 recoveries recorded, the number of recovered cases in the Sultanate has reached 14,773, while the total number of active cases stands at 313.

Two imported cases were reported yesterday, arrived in the country on November 29 from Jakarta, Indonesia on board Singapore Airlines SQ148 and Manila, the Philippines on board flight Royal Brunei BI686.

The minister shared that one case in Category 5 is currently receiving treatment at the intensive care unit, requiring artificial ventilation assistance and heart-lung machine, while one case is in Category 4 requiring oxygen assistance.

In the past 24 hours, 4,807 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 638,521. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN

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