BY Rokiah Mahmud & Adib Noor
The Sultanate recorded 44 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the national tally to 15,036, Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said at the daily press conference on Sunday.
There was one import case who arrived in Brunei Darussalam from Jakarta via Singapore onboard Singapore Airlines flight SQ148 on November 22.
Ten cases are from five existing clusters, who were previously close contacts to positive cases.
Three new clusters have been reported, with 27 cases. They are the Hamitan Group Cluster and D’Sunlit Staff House Cluster (both housing clusters) and 15038 Cluster.
The number of active clusters stand at 135, following the closing of the ISS Facility Services Sdn Bhd Cluster, 9883 Cluster and 10113 Cluster.
Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said investigations are ongoing to determine the sources of infection of six cases.
Forty-five cases have recovered, bringing the number of recoveries to 14,412, while the number of active cases stands at 525.
Four Category 5 cases are receiving treatment at the intensive care unit (ICU) with artificial ventilation assistance, and one case requires the help of additional heart-lung machine (ECMO).
Over the past 24 hours, 5,083 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of test conducted since January 2020 to 612, 963.
Under the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, 2,402,966 individuals (or 93.7 per cent of the populace) have received their first dose, and 344,418 individuals (80.1 per cent of populace) have been fully vaccinated as of November 27. On November 27 alone, 2,594 individuals were inoculated, the minister said.
A total of 747,384 people has been vaccinated (first or second dose) under the programme across all four districts since April 3, 2021. This breaks down to 479,225 in Brunei-Muara District; 86,820 in Tutong District; 100,529 in Belait District; and 80,810 in Temburong District.
Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said the Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic will be set up at the Kampong Bolkiah Health Centre from 9.30am to 2.30pm tomorrow, catering to residents from Kampong Bolkiah ‘A,’ Kampong Bolkiah ‘B’ and those residing in the surrounding areas of Mukim Sungai Kebun.
Residents are reminded to bring along their identification card or passport, COVID-19 vaccination card (second dose recipients) and Bru-HIMS card or number.
“Individuals who require transportation assistance to the health clinic can inform their village heads,” the minister added.
— Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin