Brunei recorded 270 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, announced the Minister of Home Affairs on behalf of Minister of Health in a press briefing.
With this new development, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country increased to 144,136.
Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Abu Bakar Hj Apong also revealed that out of the total number of new cases, 2 were detected through rapid RT-PCR testing and 268 were detected through ART testing.
The number of new cases is the result of 280 laboratory tests conducted in the past 24 hours.
Moreover, 145 individuals have recovered from the infection. To date, the country has recorded a total of 142,318 recoveries.
Currently, there are 1,598 active cases in the country.
It was also reported that 16 active cases are currently treated in hospitals and hospitals. Whereas, a total of 1,582 positive cases are currently undergoing home self-isolation
One case under Category 4 has been admitted for close monitoring and requiring the aid of oxygen assistance.
Moreover, there are no cases in Category 5.
Meanwhile, one death associated with COVID-19 has been recorded in the past 24 hours and is not categorised as a death due to COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccination status
The minister also shared 72.1 per cent of children aged 5 to 11 years old have received their first vaccination.
“A total of 1,738 doses of vaccine were given to children aged 5 to 11 years old which brings the total number of vaccinations administered to 30,948 doses,” he stated.
Whereas, a total of 1,352 second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered to children aged 5 to 11 years old which brings the total second dose administered to children in this age group to 8,542 doses which is 20.1 per cent.
Meanwhile, the coverage rate for the country’s citizens and residents who have received three doses of the vaccine is 68 per cent.
Moreover, with the increase in cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) among children in one of the neighbouring countries, the Ministry of Health would like to remind members of the public especially parents and guardians of children to continue to take precautionary measures, especially in emphasizing personal and environmental hygiene as well as to avoid bringing children to crowded places.
THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN