Re-infected patients considered new cases, says Brunei's health minister; 1,691 new cases reported


BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, July 5 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): If a recovered Covid-19 patient experiences symptoms, it’s better to get tested using the antigen rapid test to determine if they are infected, said Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Mohd Isham Jaafar.

The minister also added that re-infection will be considered as new cases and they will have to carry out home isolation.

"When an individual tests positive for Covid-19, their immunity will be high within a 90-day period after recovery, but new infections can still occur within the time period," he added.

Dr Mohd Isham added that the 90-day grace period does not guarantee immunity against the virus.

“It is possible that a person may first be infected with an Omicron variant, and a month later get re-infected with another variant such as the BA.5,” he added.

The minister also underlined the importance of taking booster shots to ensure mild symptoms should they be infected.

As of July 3, 73.3 per cent of the country’s citizens and residents had received the third dose, while 2.9 per cent have received the fourth.

Meanwhile, 75.7 per cent of children aged five to 11 have been administered with the second dose, while 50.2 per cent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 have received the third dose.

Brunei recorded 1,691 new Covid-19 cases on Monday night (July 5).

Some 63,125 antigen rapid test (ART) results were uploaded to the BruHealth app in the last week, of which 15.1 per cent were positive for Covid-19.

Meanwhile, no Covid-19 fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours.

Some 1,091 cases have recovered, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 164,116. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN

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