Friday 3 April 2020

No human to human Coronavirus cases in Bahrain

MANAMA, February 26, 2020

There are no registered cases of human-to-human transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) within Bahrain, senior officials said at a press conference yesterday.
Meanwhile, the total number of infected cases reached 26 in the kingdom after registering three new cases of Bahraini women arriving through indirect flights from Iran via Bahrain International Airport, said the Ministry of Health on its Twitter account.
All COVID-19 cases are registered among individuals arriving from Iran, and were flagged at Bahrain International Airport, with the exception of patient zero, who was diagnosed after arrival to the kingdom and has not transmitted the infection to any individual as of yet, said officials of the  National Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19), said a Bahrain News Agency report.
The officials highlighted steps taken by the authorities to combat the COVID-19 outbreak, and ways to safeguard the health of citizens and residents.
All public and private schools, including kindergartens, and universities have been closed for two weeks in the kingdom, as a precautionary measure to ensure the containment of the virus.
During the conference, the Infectious Diseases Consultant & Microbiologist at the BDF Hospital and Member of the taskforce, Dr Manaf Al Qahtani, said all passengers arriving from Iran and other countries experiencing cases of COVID-19 have been tested in a well-equipped, isolated area at the airport.
All infected patients arriving from Iran have then been transferred to the Ebrahim Khalil Kanoo Community Health Center in Al Salmaniya, for isolation and treatment, and all individuals who have had contact with the infected patients are also under quarantine, as a precautionary measure. 
The kingdom is following a comprehensive medical protocol based on guidelines set out by the Gulf Health Council (GHG) and the World Health Organization (WHO), aimed to safeguard the health and safety of citizens and residents, officials said. 
Cooperation and collaboration between national institutions is critical to combat the spread of the COVID-19, as the health and safety of citizens remains the kingdom’s top priority.
Home quarantine mechanisms will be developed and put in place to limit the spread of the virus, and it is a joint national responsibility for the public and government to work together to ensure the success of the measures taken.
Retired medical professionals will be deployed to intensify health care measures and provide the effective treatment of all infected individuals.
Dr Al Qahtani concluded by calling upon all citizens and residents who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves, call ‪444 and follow the instructions given by the medical team, and avoid close contact with others.


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