ON THE CURRENT SITUATION OF COVID-19
IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
09 Safar 1443 / 16 September 2021
1. The Ministry of Health would like to announce that today, Thursday, 09 Safar 1443 / 16 September 2021, one hundred and nine (109) new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the country bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 4,675.
- Today, there are 25 additional new cases to 14 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, four new clusters have been detected. These new clusters are:
- 4163 Cluster that contains 7 new cases;
- 4329 Cluster that contains 6 new cases;
- 4571 Cluster that contains 4 new cases; and
- 4360 Cluster that contains 7 new cases;
All these new clusters include cases that have been previously reported as cases for which the source of infection has not been identified.
- Meanwhile, 2 clusters have been closed following no new detected cases in the clusters for 28 days. The closed clusters are Starlodge Cluster and 635 Cluster. Therefore, the current total active clusters are 84 clusters.
- There are 60 cases that are still being investigated to determine the source of the infection.
2. One hundred and fifty-six (156) cases have recovered today, where this total includes 20 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 3,144 cases, whereas the total number active cases are 1,502 cases.
3. Among the active cases, ten cases are in critical condition, where nine of the cases require assistance of artificial ventilation. Meanwhile, one case requires the help of an additional heart/lung machine (ECMO). Meanwhile, twenty-five (25) cases that were categorised in Category 4 are now admitted at the Intensive Care Unit for close monitoring.
4. In the past 24 hours, a total of 4,566 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus which brings the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 291,437 tests.
5. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health would like to inform the public that the process of rescheduling vaccination slots for those who were affected by the postponement of the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine is still ongoing. As this rescheduling process involved a high number of the first dose bookings, it has caused some technical problems involving several vaccination centres during the rescheduling of the vaccination booking slots when administration of first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine was reopened today. In this regard, the Ministry of Health would like to apologize for any inconvenience that may arise from this incident. The National Vaccination Programme is implemented with the aim of providing COVID-19 vaccine injections to all the citizens and residents of the country, including foreigners residing in Brunei Darussalam.
6. Abide by the instructions that have been issued to control the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country such as frequent hand washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer, wearing face mask when indoors or when outdoors in crowded public areas, and avoid being in crowded places. Those who work from home are advised to stay home and not to go out without a purpose. Do your social responsibility. Stay home #teranahdirumah.
7. 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 : 09 Safar 1443H / 16 September 2021