ON THE CURRENT SITUATION OF COVID-19
IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
18 Rabiulawal 1443 / 25 October 2021
1. Today, Monday, 18 Rabiulawal 1443 / 25 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 one COVID-19 confirmed case has returned to the grace and mercy of Allah.
2. The case was a 55-year-old woman who suffered from several health problems and is not categorised as death due to the COVID-19 infection.
3. 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 case's family. May the family of the deceased be given patience and strength in seeing his passing.
(Moment of silence)
4. A total of two hundred and seventy-one (271) new cases of COVID-19 infections have been confirmed bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 12,384.
- There are 104 additional new cases to 17 of the existing active clusters who were previously close contacts with several positive cases.
- Meanwhile, eleven new clusters have been detected that involved 74 cases. All the new clusters are accommodation clusters, which three of the clusters namely; Sahid Sdn Bhd Cluster, Negalang Unat Site Cluster and Mashor GC Staffhouse Cluster are housing clusters that accommodate the companies' employees.
- Six clusters have been closed following no new detected cases in the clusters for 28 days. The closed clusters are PAS (Aker) Cluster, The Mall Cluster, Freshco Batu Satu Custer, Permata Leo Vessel Cluster, 3859 Cluster and 5532 Cluster. Therefore, the current total active clusters are 171 clusters.
- Meanwhile, 93 new cases are still being investigated to determine the source of the infection.
5. Two hundred and nineteen (219) cases have recovered today bringing the total number of recovered cases in Brunei Darussalam to 9,827 cases, whereas the total number active cases are 2,475 cases.
6. Among the cases being treated at this time, six cases are in Category 5 and currently treated at the Intensive Care Unit. All of them require assistance of artificial ventilation with three cases require the help of additional heart/lung machine (ECMO). Meanwhile, fifteen cases are categorised in Category 4 that require oxygen assistance and are under close monitoring.
7. In the past 24 hours, a total of 3,398 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus which brings the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 479,929 tests.
8. On 24 October 2021, a total of 632 individuals have received the COVID-19 vaccine injection. This means that, under the National Vaccination Programme, a total of 348,782 individuals have received the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine which is 81.1% from the total population. Meanwhile, 243,831 individuals have completed the second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine which is 56.7% from the total population.
9. With that, taking into account that the number of public attendances at vaccination centres throughout the country is declining, the Ministry of Health will open up the administration of first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine via walk-in commencing tomorrow, Tuesday 26 October 2021.
10. Furthermore, to provide a clearer picture of the location of the positive cases detected in the county, the Ministry of Health would like to share some of the results of the research that has been conducted. As currently shown on the screen, between 17 October 2021 until 23 October 2021, there are six (6) mukims that have more than 80 positive cases. These mukims are namely; Mukim Sengkurong (215 cases), Mukim Berakas 'A' (196 cases), Mukim Kota Batu (98 cases), Mukim Gadong 'B' (82 cases), Mukim Kilanas (81 cases) and Mukim Kuala Belait (133 cases).
11. 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 12 violations of the directive nationwide were issued with compound fines, where 10 of them are violations of the out-of-house restriction.
Let us together pray to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala that the citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam stays protected, blessed and safeguarded from the COVID-19 pandemic. Especially for frontliners, volunteers, NGO and Government agencies who are willing to sacrifice their time, energy and strength to protect the well-being of the people when the country is currently hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala bestow the best reward for their devotional services and may they always be spared and safeguarded from all the harms of COVID-19. Aamiin Aamiin Ya Rabbalalamin. Thank you.
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Reference : KK/PR/2
Date : 18 Rabiulawal 1443H / 25 October 2021