ON THE CURRENT SITUATION OF COVID-19
IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
07 Rabiulawal 1443 / 14 October 2021
1. Today, Thursday, 07 Rabiulawal 1443 / 14 October 2021, one hundred and sixty-three (163) new cases of COVID-19 infections have been confirmed bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 9,828.
- There are 48 additional new cases to 19 of the existing active clusters who were previously close contacts with several positive cases.
- Meanwhile, five new clusters have been detected that involved 44 cases. All of the new clusters are accommodation clusters where three of it namely LNS Sdn Bhd Cluster, Hasnaljar Sdn Bhd Cluster, and Degymix Enterprise Cluster are housing clusters that accommodate the company's employees.
- Two clusters have been closed following no new detected cases in the clusters for 28 days. The closed clusters are IBTE KB Cluster and 1888 Cluster. Therefore, the current total active clusters are 166 clusters.
- Meanwhile, 71 new cases are still being investigated to determine the source of the infection.
2. One hundred and eighty-three (183) cases have recovered today bringing the total number of recovered cases in Brunei Darussalam to 7,498 cases, whereas the total number active cases are 2,263 cases.
3. 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-seven (27) cases are categorised in Category 4 that require oxygen assistance and are under close monitoring.
4. In the past 24 hours, a total of 5,474 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus which brings the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 425,000 tests.
5. On 13 October 2021, a total of 4,911 individuals have received the COVID-19 vaccine injection. This means that, under the National Vaccination Programme, a total of 337,671 individuals have received the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine which is 74.4% from the total population. Meanwhile, 219,505 individuals have completed the second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine which is 48.4% from the total population.
6. Meanwhile, taking into account the number of people attending the Indoor Stadium Vaccination Centre has decreased, the Ministry of Health has reviewed the operating hours of the Indoor Stadium Vaccination Centre for Friday, which will be changed to 2 pm to 6 pm, on every Friday. This change will take effect tomorrow, Friday 15 October 2021.
7. 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 25 violations of the directive nationwide were issued with compound fines.
8. Furthermore, the Ministry of Health would like to inform the public on several amendments on the conditions imposed onto those allowed to enter Brunei Darussalam, as follows:
i. The RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 required for any individual wishing to enter the country must be performed not more than 48 hours (pre-departure swab) before departure to the country. This condition is applicable to every individual who wants to enter this country, whether for Brunei citizen or foreigner.
ii. For those who have completed the COVID-19 vaccination of which their second dose has been obtained more than 14 days from the date of entry into the country, they will be allowed to shorten the mandatory isolation period in the isolation hotel for a period of between one to seven days, subject to a risk assessment of the country they departed from. The are required to upload the status and proof of their vaccination inside the Arrival Declaration application system for citizens or permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam or Entry Travel Pass for foreign nationals. However, this shortening of the isolation period is subject to several factors such as the type of vaccine, a negative RT-PCR swab test for SARS-CoV-2 performed not more than 48 hours prior to departure to the country (pre-departure swab) and also, a second RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 upon arrival in the country. It should be noted that the consideration for applications for admissions of foreign nationals into this country at this time is only for essential travel that is of important matter.
However, for those who do not have a complete vaccination, including those whose second dose is less than 14 days from the date of arrival in the country will be required to undergo mandatory self-isolation in hotels according to current procedures.
iii. All these amendments will take effect on Friday, 15 October 2021.
9. May all our efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 in the country will receive blessings from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'Ala. Aamiin Aamiin Ya Rabbalalamin. Thank you.
- END -
Reference : KK/PR/2
Date : 07 Rabiulawal 1443H / 14 October 2021