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Coronavirus: Bahrain reports 161 new cases as death toll climbs to 7

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Bahrain reported 161 new coronavirus cases and one new fatality, bringing the total number of active cases in the country to 870 and the virus-related death toll to seven.

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The new death is of a 60-year-old Bahraini citizen who suffered from chronic illnesses, the ministry said.

Out of the 161 new cases, 156 are of migrant workers, three are of individuals who had contact with infected people, and two cases who had traveled abroad.

The 156 cases were discovered after 3,581 tests were conducted as part of a national campaign to test workers who live in areas that predominantly house migrants, the ministry said.

The ministry tracked down all those who had direct contact with the migrant workers who tested positive to ensure no additional infections arise.

Bahrain is one of the first countries in the world to loosen restrictions on the measures that had been imposed to curb the coronavirus.

It was among the first countries in the Arabian Gulf to enforce strict restrictions, including closing all movie theaters, gyms, public swimming pools, and theme parks on March 18.

The restrictions seem to have slowed down the rate of infection, with the number of new cases falling in recent days.

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