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7 new Coronavirus cases reported in Bahrain

MANAMA, February 27, 2020

Bahrain's Ministry of Health has announced that it has registered seven new confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the kingdom, taking the total confirmed cases to 33.
 
Infected individuals were immediately transferred to Ebrahim Khalil Kanoo Community Medical Center for isolation and treatment following tests that confirmed they were carrying COVID-19, upon arrival at the Bahrain International Airport via indirect flights from Iran. All individuals in contact with the infected patients have also been quarantined as per preventive efforts, a Bahrain News Agency report said.
 
The ministry also noted that one of the newly recorded cases is of a Bahraini citizen who had returned from Iran before the country announced the pandemic. The citizen, who called 444 having presented COVID-19 symptoms, was quickly transferred to isolation for treatment.
 
The ministry will continue intensifying epidemiological monitoring at its entry points, particularly at Bahrain International Airport, as well as testing all existing suspected cases to ensure containment of the virus.
 
The ministry urges citizens and residents who have visited Iran during February to self-isolate immediately and call 444 to schedule medical examination dates as they pose a risk to their families and communities.
 
Meawhile, the Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) has announced the suspension of all flights to and from Iraq and Lebanon until further notice, effective immediately.
 
The CAA urged all citizens and residents of Bahrain who are currently in areas affected by the Coronavirus (COVID 19) and who were planning to return to the Bahrain to call the following number +973 17227555.
 
All arrivals to Bahrain International Airport suspected of infection will be tested and, if found to be suffering from the condition, are immediately transferred to designated centres for isolation and treatment, it said.
 



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