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Bahrain: Government confirms four COVID-19 fatalities March 25 /update 10

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Bahraini government confirms four COVID-19 fatalities on March 25; take precautions against virus

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/26/2020, 12:00 AM until 4/18/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bahrain). COUNTRY/REGION Bahrain

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Event

The Bahraini government confirmed four coronavirus (COVID-19) fatalities in the country on Wednesday, March 25, as well as 419 cases, 212 of which are active.

On Thursday, March 19, Bahraini authorities announced that all arrivals into the country will be tested and required to self-isolate for 14 days including those without symptoms. Those showing symptoms upon arrival or those that have visited Iran, Iraq, or Lebanon within 14 days will be subject to further quarantine measures.

The government previously suspended visas on arrival across all entry points until further notice, effective Wednesday, March 18. Travelers must obtain a visa in advance, either online or from an embassy.

Gulf Air is set to operate just 13 of its 49 destinations on reduced service, including London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Dubai.

Domestically, gatherings of over 20 people have been banned and restaurants are now required to offer takeout and delivery services exclusively. Businesses closures were also announced, including gyms and cinemas, though retail and grocery stores remain open given that social distancing recommendations are implemented. The government also advised nationals and resident to avoid all but essential travel.

As of Friday, March 20, there are 278 COVID-19 cases in the country. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in more than 30 countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) labelled the outbreak as pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the virus.

 

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