Booster shot coverage rate nears 70 per cent in Brunei; health ministry reports 261 new Covid-19 cases


BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, May 21 (Bonreo Bulletin/ANN): Nearly 70 per cent of the populace have been administered the Covid-19 booster shot as of the weekend,

Speaking at the daily press conference in the capital, Minister of Defence II cum Acting Minister of Health Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Halbi Mohd Yussof said the vaccination coverage rate in this category stood at 69.2 per cent.

Thursday also saw 281 first doses of the vaccine being administered to children aged between five and 11, bringing the tally to 33,117 doses or 77.2 per cent coverage rate.

Meanwhile, 1,130 children in the age bracket had received the second dose, bringing the total figure to 13,058 doses or a coverage rate of 33.1 per cent.

The Sultanate also recorded 261 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, bringing the national tally of confirmed cases to 146,044.

Of this, 259 cases were detected through antigen rapid tests (ART), while two of the 305 reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) laboratory tests performed over the past 24 hours returned positive.

Additionally, one Category 4 case is under close monitoring and receiving respiratory assistance.

The minister added that an additional 437 cases had recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 144,057.

The number of active cases stands at 1,766, 13 of whom are receiving treatment at hospitals, while 1,753 are undergoing home self-isolation.

In another case, Brunei's telecom regulatory body announced this week that there was a service disruption affecting certain websites ending with .bn.

The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) said in a statement that the affected websites cannot be accessed from outside of Brunei.

The AITI said that Unified National Networks Sdn Bhd, the country's wholesale telecommunication service provider to both national and international clients, has provided a temporary workaround solution to affected companies.

The AITI did not give more details about the website service disruption. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN

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