MIRI (Aug 7): Brunei recorded one new positive case of Covid-19 today, ending 91 days of being free from the deadly disease.
Brunei’s Ministry of Health announced in a statement that the new case brings the total cumulative tally of Covid-19 cases in the sultanate to 142 cases.
The new case involved a 24-year-old local man who had studied in Yemen.
“He returned back to Brunei on Aug 5 on board Royal Brunei from Kuala Lumpur.
“Although he reportedly suffered from shortness of breath on Aug 6, he is currently in a stable condition, no longer has any signs of infection and is being treated at the National Isolation Centre,” said the ministry.
According to the ministry, the contact tracing investigation for the new case had identified 13 contacts, all of which are undergoing quarantine and will take a Covid-19 swab test as arranged.
“As this case has been taken to the National Isolation Centre upon arrival in the country, the public is advised not to panic or worry as this case has not had any interaction with his family members or others since arriving in the country,” the ministry added.
In relation to the confirmation of the new case today, the ministry also reminded the public to remain vigilant and take precautions by adopting and practising the preventive measures as recommended.
“These include to practise physical distancing wherever you are, avoid going to crowded places, wearing a face mask when unable to avoid going to crowded places, as well as maintaining personal hygiene such as frequently washing your hands and maintaining personal hygiene as well as practising proper coughing and sneezing etiquette,” it said.
The ministry added that to date, 564 individuals were still undergoing 14-day mandatory isolation at the monitoring centres provided by the government upon their arrival in the country and 3,938 people had completed the quarantine period.
Meanwhile, 43,312 laboratory tests for Covid-19 have been conducted since January this year.