ON THE CURRENT SITUATION OF COVID-19
IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
22 Muharram 1443 / 31 August 2021
1. Today, Tuesday, 22 Muharram 1443 / 31 August 2021, by the will of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'Ala and with a heavy heart, the Ministry of Health would like to inform the public that one COVID-19 confirmed case has returned to the grace and mercy of Allah.
2. Allahyarham was Case 1458, who was a 80 year old man that was confirmed positive on 22 August 2021. This case suffered from lung infection after being infected with COVID-19.
3. In light of this, in order to protect and respect the privacy as well as confidentiality of the case's family, the Ministry of Health will not share the personal details of Allahyarham. Members of the public are also requested to respect and not disseminate information relating to the case.
4. In this opportunity, myself representing the Ministry of Health as well as the people of Brunei Darussalam, would like to express our deepest condolences to Allahyarham's family and pray that Allahyarham's soul will receive blessings from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'Ala and is placed among the pious. Al-Fatihah.
5. Next, the Ministry of Health would like to announce that today, seventy-one (71) new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the country bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 2,712.
- There are 24 additional new cases to 9 of the existing active clusters. The cases in these active clusters are individuals who are currently being quarantined and were found to be in contact with several confirmed cases.
- Meanwhile, 47 cases are still being investigated to determine the source of the infection.
- Contact tracing for all these new cases is currently undergoing. All identified close contacts are required to undergo mandatory quarantine and RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test.
6. One hundred and thirty (130) cases have recovered today, where this total includes 51 positive cases from Category 1 that have undergone self-isolation for 14 days at their respective homes. All of them have undergone second swab tests at Day 12 and have been confirmed recovered. With that, the total number of recovered cases in Brunei Darussalam has increased to 966 cases, whereas the total number active cases are 1,734 cases.
7. Among the active cases, eight cases are in critical condition, where seven cases require assistance of artificial ventilation. Meanwhile, one case still requires the help of an additional heart/lung machine (ECMO). Meanwhile, twenty-eight (28) cases that were categorised in Category 4 are now admitted at the Intensive Care Unit for close monitoring.
8. In the past 24 hours, a total of 3,386 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus which brings the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 232,227 tests.
9. The Ministry of Health would like to inform the public that the Second Phase of the COVID Holding Area Mahad, Tutong will start accepting patients in Category 2 starting tomorrow, Wednesday 1 September 2021. This new facility can accommodate up to 338 patients and is jointly operated by the Ministry of Health and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.
10. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health would also like to inform the public that starting tomorrow, Wednesday, 1 September 2021 until a date that will be announced later, all vaccinations centres nationwide will not be able to provide the COVID-19 vaccination services to anyone who have booked for the first dose. This postponement is due to the supply of COVID-19 vaccine that has been reduced rapidly and unexpectedly. The Ministry of Health is currently working to get the supply of vaccines as soon as possible as the provision of the COVID-19 vaccine for the citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam is a priority and therefore, the Ministry apologizes for any inconvenience that may arise as a result of this matter.
11. However, the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will still and only be provided to the elderly, differently-abled, and pregnant women where they can get the first dose injections from any vaccination centres on a walk-in basis. However, it should be noted that the supply of vaccines for this group is limited.
12. Meanwhile, the provision of vaccine injections will continue for those who have booked for the second dose for which the supply of vaccines for those who need the second dose are adequate.
13. Therefore, members of the public who have already booked for the first dose will be re-scheduled to get a new booking slot when the new vaccine supply arrives.
14. Let us all work together and strive to control the spread of COVID-19 in the country by complying to the directives that have been issued. May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala ease all our efforts and we receive blessings from Him. Aamiin…Aamiin..Ya Rabbal'alamin.
15. For further information and latest updates, please visit the official website of the Ministry of Health at www.moh.gov.bn or through the BruHealth App. Any inquiries on COVID-19 can also be directed to the Health Advice Line 148, Talian Darussalam 123, Brunei Red Crescent (BRC) Helpdesk Line or email to: email@example.com.
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Reference : KK/PR/2
Date : 22 Muharram 1443H / 31 August 2021