Brunei Darussalam continues to observe a decline in a daily Covid-19 case, with 21 new cases recorded yesterday. This brings the national tally to 14,399 confirmed cases since its first outbreak last year.
There are 6 additional new cases to 4 of the existing active clusters that were previously close contacts with several positive cases.
Two new clusters have been detected with 7 cases, namely Sg Hanching Construction Staff House Cluster and Elmar General Contractor Sdn Bhd Cluster. Both clusters are housing clusters that accommodate the companies’ employees.
Three clusters: 6839 Cluster, Trentset Construction Sdn Bhd Cluster, and Anggerek Desa staff house Cluster were officially closed following no new cases detected for 28 days. This brings the total active clusters to 161.
The country has identified one new imported case that arrived from Jakarta onboard Singapore Airline SQ 148 on November 12.
Meanwhile, seven new unknown cases are still being investigated to determine the source of the infection.
Seventy-one cases have recovered, bringing the total number of recovered cases in Brunei Darussalam to 13,857 cases.
Whereas the total number of active cases is 444 cases, of which five cases are in Category 5 currently being treated at the Intensive Care unit and require the assistance of artificial ventilation. No cases in Category 4 were reported.
In the past 24 hours, a total of 4,678 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which brings the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 575,303 tests.
Current Update on the National Vaccination Programme
A total of 7,656 individuals have successfully inoculated against the Covid-19 infection on November 17, including 2,797 adolescents aged 12-17 years old.
To date, the country’s full vaccination coverage has reached 72.8% (313,239 individuals); meanwhile, individuals who have received the first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have reached 91.6% (394,039 individuals).
Today’s operating hour in the Indoor Stadium Vaccination Centre (Friday) is open from 2.30 PM to 9.30 PM, whereby the session from 2.30 PM to 5 PM is for students. Meanwhile for the general public who are getting their first or second dose are open via walk-in from 5 PM to 9.30 PM
The Mobile Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic
The mobile Covid-19 vaccination clinic continues its services by being carried out in several locations.
The Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Health Centre, Kampong Sungai Asam is opening its door today from 9 AM to 12 noon, and on November 21 from 9 AM to 2.30 PM, specifically for the residents around the area, including Mukim Lumapas, Kg Ayer, and its surrounding who have not received their Covid-19 vaccination, as well as the residents who are scheduled to get their second doses.
Restriction violators receive fines
Six violations of the directive nationwide were issued with compound fines, of which five were violating the out-of-house restriction from 8 PM to 4 AM on the 45th day of the Operasi Pulih.
Compound for violations in Transition Phase
With the Sultanate having entered the Transition Phase, the Ministry of Health (MoH) shared the violation guidelines with the public on the compound fines imposed on violators.
Any violation guidelines that the Covid-19 Steering Committee has issued are an offence under the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204).
Offences on exceeding the total capacity limit allowed on-premises or gathering events at home or at other premises – whereby the limit imposed include service workers such as catering workers and organisers will receive a compound fine of $5,000 for each offence to the owner or manager of the premise, or event organiser.
Premise offences that allow any individual (including their employees) who are not fully vaccinated to enter the premises to get a compound fine of $2,000 for each offence will be imposed on the owner or manager of the premises; or event organiser. This compound fine is exempted for critical workers who are required to carry out essential works provided that the place of work is isolated and not visited by the public, such as operators or engineers in the oil and gas sector.
Offences of not wearing face masks for employees on business premises will get a compound fine of $100 per person and will be imposed on any employee found in violation of this directive.
Offences against any individual who is not fully vaccinated who enters any premises will get a compound fine of $100 per person.
While the total compound fine for any individual found violating the directive to stay home between 10 PM until 4 AM under the “Transition Operation” is maintained at $500 for each offence.
During the Transition Phase, security and enforcement agencies will continue to monitor any incidents of violation of the directives or the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to ensure the public’s safety and well-being.
In addition, members of the public can contact the National Coordination Centre for COVID-19, which operates 24 hours a day, for any complaints of violations of the guidelines to 8176148/8175148/8166148/8155148.