Brunei records 25 new cases, 86.5 per cent fully vaccinated population

Twenty-five new cases were reported on Friday, announced the minister of health. With this new development, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Brunei increased to 15,308.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Md Isham Hj Jaafar also revealed that 38 individuals have recovered from the infection, surpassing Friday’s figure for positive cases.

To date, the country has recorded a total of 14,923 recoveries.

Moreover, two new clusters were also detected involving 9 cases.

“One of the clusters – Mashor General Contractor Cluster – is a workplace cluster,” added the health minister.

Meanwhile, four clusters have been closed following no new detected cases in the cluster for 28 days which are the Adinin Works & Engineering Jalan Sg Pandan staff house Cluster, 13878 Cluster, Meem Sdn Bhd Cluster and KYG Construction Sdn Bhd Cluster.

With this, the total number of active clusters in Brunei stands at 102.

It was also reported that there are eight additional new cases to six of the existing active clusters and they are those who are currently being quarantined and were found to be in contact with several confirmed cases.

Eight cases are still under investigation to determine the source of the infection, said the minister.

Currently, there are 285 active cases in the country.

Among these cases, only one is in critical condition, where the case requires the assistance of artificial ventilation and the help of an additional heart/lung machine (ECMO).

In the past 24 hours, a total of 4,060 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus which brings the total number of laboratory tests conducted from January 2020 to 657,619.

COVID-19 vaccination status

In regards to the country’s COVID-19 vaccination status, to date, the total number of COVID-19 vaccinations in the country is at 404,806 doses.

Currently, 94.1 per cent of the nation’s population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Meanwhile, 86.5 per cent of the population, or 372,040 individuals already completed their second doses.

YB Dato Dr Hj Md Isham went on to share that Government employees and staff who have not completed the COVID-19 vaccine injection and are allowed to work at the office but are required to undergo ART testing every two days.

“For Government employees who choose not to get the COVID-19 vaccination, they must bear the cost of the ART test themselves. A certified ART test can be obtained from an ART Certification Centre approved by the Ministry of Health where the validity period of the certificate is for two days,” he said

“The approved ART Certification Centres will display the Art Certification Centre Logo sticker, as shown on the screen now, to make it easier for the public to identify the centres. Disciplinary action will be taken against any Government employees and staff who are not vaccinated and refuse to perform ART testing as directed,” he further stated.

Operasi Pulih violations

Meanwhile, one violation has been detected nationwide and issued with compound fines during operations carried out by multi-enforcement agencies on Monday night from 10pm until 4am.

The health minister also shared that the violation was out-of-house restrictions.

For further information and latest updates, please visit the official website of the Ministry of Health at www.moh.gov.bn or by contacting the Health Advice Line 148 or email to askhal@moh.gov.bn through the BruHealth App.

THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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