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Virus: Bahrain schools closed for two weeks

MANAMA, February 25, 2020

Bahrain's Ministry of Education today announced that all public and private schools, including kindergartens, will be closed for two weeks starting from February 26 as part of the steps to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the kingdom.
The decision is in line with the directives of the Government’s Executive Committee, chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, said a Bahrian News Agency report.
The Ministry added that the decision was taken in light of the precautionary measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19 among individuals who have visited Iran.
Meanwhile, Iran's deputy health minister and an MP have both tested positive for the new coronavirus disease, as the country struggles to contain an outbreak that has killed 15.
The senior health official, Iraj Harirchi, said in a video that he was self-isolating and starting medication.
He was seen mopping his brow repeatedly at a news conference on Monday, when he denied the authorities were lying about the scale of the Covid-19 outbreak, a BBC report said.
They have reported 95 cases, but the actual number is thought to be higher.
The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said the sudden increase in cases in the country is "deeply concerning".
More people have died in Iran from the virus than anywhere else outside China.
It is one of three global hot-spots causing great concern among health experts that the virus could be developing into a pandemic. The others are South Korea and northern Italy, where cases have surged in recent days.


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