BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – A 64-year-old man has died from complications due to COVID-19, the first death in the country linked to the global coronavirus pandemic.

The man, only identified as Patient 25, passed away on Friday evening at 8.20pm, the Ministry of Health said in a statement this morning.

He had recently travelled to Kuala Lumpur and Cambodia, returning to Brunei on March 4. He reported the onset of symptoms on March 8 and tested positive for the coronavirus on March 12.

He began receiving treatment at the National Isolation Centre in Tutong, and when his condition worsened on March 16 he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

He succumbed to the illness on the evening of March 27, after being on life support for four days.

Out of respect for the family’s privacy, the health ministry has not released the personal details or medical history of the deceased.

It also urged the public to refrain from disseminating personal information about the deceased on social media.