Brunei opens new isolation centre to fight Covid-19, no news cases reported


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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Brunei officially opened a newly built National Isolation Centre on Saturday (April 25), aiming to better control the spread of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak in the country.

Built up in less than one month, the new National Isolation Centre in Tutong district may also be used to treat patients in the future if the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital, the country's biggest hospital is crowded, Haji Mohammad Isham, Brunei's minister of health said.

According to the health minister, the new isolation center is equipped with 41 ventilators and can accommodate up to 170 beds, which can be used to treat and observe more COVID-19 patients in the sultanate.

Some of the facilities at the new isolation center include isolated monitoring wards, X-Ray rooms, counseling and meeting rooms as well as on-call rooms for doctors and nurses.

Brunei reported no new cases of the Covid-19 on Friday, making the country's tally of cases stand at 138 since the first case was detected in the sultanate on March 9.

According to Brunei's Ministry of Health, one more recovery was recorded on Friday, bringing the total number of cases recovered to 120 individuals.

Two patients are still in critical condition and both require Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and respiratory assistance. The rest are in stable condition.

The ministry added that so far 134 individuals are still undergoing quarantine and 2,430 people have completed the quarantine period. Some 12,770 laboratory tests for the Covid-19 have been conducted. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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