ON THE CURRENT SITUATION OF COVID-19
IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
06 Rabiulawal 1443 / 13 October 2021
1. Today, Wednesday, 06 Safar 1443 / 13 October 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 three COVID-19 confirmed case have returned to the grace and mercy of Allah.
2. Case 8220, who was a 69-year-old woman and Case 7091, who was a 44-year-old man suffered from severe lung problems due to the COVID-19 infection and were admitted in the Intensive Care Unit, National Isolation Centre. Whereas Case 9263 was a 6-year-old girl, and the cause of death for this case is still under investigation.
3. In light of this, in order to protect and respect the privacy as well as confidentiality of the cases' families, the Ministry of Health will not share the cases' personal details. Members of the public are also requested to respect and not disseminate information relating to the cases.
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 the cases' families and pray their souls will receive blessings and is placed among the pious. Al-Fatihah.
(recital of surah Al-Fatihah)
5. One hundred and ninety-three (193) new cases of COVID-19 infections have been confirmed bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 9,665.
- There are 33 additional new cases to 11 of the existing active clusters who were previously close contacts with several positive cases.
- Meanwhile, three new clusters have been detected that involved 21 cases. All of the new clusters are accommodation clusters where one of it namely Excapade, KB Cluster is a housing cluster that accommodates the company's employees.
- Three clusters have been closed following no new detected cases in the cluster for 28 days. The closed cluster are 2089 Cluster, 4009 Cluster and 4321 Cluster. Therefore, the current total active clusters are 163 clusters.
- Meanwhile, 139 new cases are still being investigated to determine the source of the infection.
6. Two hundred and eighteen (218) cases have recovered today bringing the total number of recovered cases in Brunei Darussalam to 7,315 cases, whereas the total number active cases are 2,284 cases.
7. Among the cases being treated at the National Isolation Centre, seven cases are in Category 5 and currently treated at the Intensive Care Unit. All of them require assistance of artificial ventilation with two cases requiring the help of additional heart/lung machine (ECMO). Meanwhile, twenty-six (26) cases are categorised in Category 4 that require oxygen assistance and are under close monitoring.
8. In the past 24 hours, a total of 6,357 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus which brings the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 419,526 tests.
9. On 12 October 2021, a total of 5,051 individuals have received the COVID-19 vaccine injection. This means that, under the National Vaccination Programme, a total of 335,650 individuals have received the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine which is 74.0% from the total population. Meanwhile, 216,615 individuals have completed the second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine which is 47.8% from the total population.
10. Meanwhile, outcome from the multi-agencies enforcement monitoring that was carried out last night during the out-of-house restriction from 8 pm until 4 am this morning, a total of 33 violations of the directive nationwide were issued with compound fines.
11. In the previous press conference dated 15 September 2021, the Ministry of Health shared the analysis of the cases in the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak. Today, the Ministry of Health will share the analysis of the cases as of 12 October 2021,
i) A total of 9,132 cases have been reported since the second wave started on 6 August 2021, where 9,082 (99.5%) were local transmission cases with 50 imported cases.
ii) The graph displayed on the screen now shows the epidemic curve for this second wave to date, based on the dates the cases underwent swab tests. This graph shows that, although the second wave did not show a decrease, it is however stable and is not showing an increase. This graph also shows the 'doubling time' whereby the period for the total number of cases to double is 28.8 days, compared to 3 to 4 days when the second wave first occurred.
iii) These findings are in line with the graph on Slide 2 which shows the reproduction number for the second wave, where the basic reproduction number (R-naught) which is the reproduction number when the second wave first occurred is at level 5. This means at that time; one positive case has caused 5 new cases. Currently, the effective reproduction number which is R(t) that is the reproduction number at this time is around level 1 which means that one positive case has caused 1 new case. The R(t) at level 1 also indicates a stable state of infection.
12. Meanwhile, specifically related to the Operasi Pulih that has been carried out since 4 October 2021 until now,
i. A total of 1,756 cases were detected in this period with 61% of these cases involving the workplace or staff houses that housed the companies' employees. Only 9% were related to household cases or cases where the families lived in private homes.
ii. The total cases in Category 4 and 5 treated at the National Isolation Centre are stable. As the figure shown on the screen now, 71% of cases presently treated in Category 4 and 5 are those who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine.
iii. Home Isolation Policy that was implemented since 8 October 2021 has successfully reduced the pressure on bed capacity rate or bed occupancy rate in isolation centres. From the occupancy rate of 82%, the rate has decreases to 78.7%.
- The weekly average of new cases per day has also decreased from 183 new cases per day to 148 cases per day.
- As shared earlier, the vaccination rate in the country has increased as projected and Insya Allah, we will successfully achieve 80% of the entire population to receive the vaccine as expected. However, the increase in vaccination rates is very slow for those aged 80 years and above.
13. Meanwhile, as per the provisions under the Infectious Diseases Act Chapter 204, offences under this Act are liable to a compound fine of up to $5000. In this regard, commencing today, Wednesday 13 October 2021, the compound fine against anyone found violating the directive to stay home between 8 pm to 4 am is increased to $500 for each offense. Any company that fails to ensure its employees comply with the directive to stay home from 8 pm to 4 am will also be subject to a compound fine of $500.
14. May all our efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 in the country will receive blessings from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'Ala and may all patients in our country especially those infected by COVID-19 to be granted full recovery and health. Aamiin Aamiin Ya Rabbalalamin. Thank you.
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Reference : KK/PR/2
Date : 06 Rabiulawal 1443H / 13 October 2021