Brunei Darussalam continued to record a surge in COVID-19 cases with a record high of 197 new cases yesterday. The latest new cases bring the tally of confirmed cases to 1,333.
In the latest cases included one newly identified cluster and a high of 74 new cases from an unknown source of infection.
Details of the latest COVID-19 cases was shared by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at the daily press conference yesterday.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin also participated.
Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said, “This increase includes 106 new cases of outstanding laboratory tests, while 91 cases are from tests conducted by the Laboratory Services Department in the last 24 hours.”
Outlining the new cases, he said, “Twenty-seven cases for the Chung Hua KB Cluster, 25 for Champion 7 Cluster – Blue Titanium, 10 for Champion 7 Cluster – Posh Elegance, 10 for Champion 7 Cluster – Platform; and one for Champion 7 Cluster – Others.
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“Meanwhile, there were 10 cases for The Mall Cluster, 10 for Immigration Cluster, six cases for PA Cluster, six for Al-Falaah/Freda-Radin, five for BSP HQ Cluster (Block M), five cases for 583 Cluster, three for ABCi Cluster; and one for IBTE KB Cluster.
“The new cluster that has been identified has four new cases related to Case 884 reported on August 18. This cluster is now known as the 884 Cluster.”
He also mentioned that the cases in the active clusters are individuals currently being quarantined and were found to be in contact with several confirmed cases.
Contact tracing for the new cases is ongoing. Identified close contacts are required to undergo mandatory quarantine and RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test. Meanwhile, eight cases recovered yesterday bringing the total of recovered cases to 351. This means 979 active cases have been recorded in the country.
Among the active cases, Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham pointed out, “Three cases are in critical condition, where two require ventilators and one requires the help of an additional heart/lung machine (ECMO). Meanwhile, 20 cases have been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit for close monitoring. Of the 23 cases admitted at the Intensive Care Unit, only one had received a complete COVID-19 vaccine.”
In the past 24 hours, 4,618 samples have been acquired for SARS-CoV-2 testing, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 189,086.
He said, “Let us all ask for the help of Allah the Almighty to relieve us from disaster, harm and diseases, and to heal our patients, especially those infected with COVID-19.”