On February 24, the island Kingdom of Bahrain recorded its first COVID-19 case when a school bus driver tested positive for the coronavirus after recently returning from a pilgrimage in Iran.
A selfie taken by John Ashton in Bahrain, March 7. (John Ashton, Twitter)
“Trace, Test and Treat” strategy
Ashton, the former regional British public health director, said Bahrain’s relative success in containing the outbreak is due to its proactive, rather than reactive, approach.
🦠In Bahrain I arranged to have daily reports on the number of cases of corona in the country’s prisons. We must do the same here for cases and deaths so we know what is going on and the same for care homes. Please could an MP ask daily in PQ’s?🦠— John Ashton (@Johnrashton47) April 12, 2020
Early and continuous testing allowed early reopening
Watch: #Bahrain has turned a car park near the capital Manama into an intensive care unit with 130 beds for patients infected with the novel #coronavirus, in a first in the GCC.https://t.co/hdMjDaoNUn pic.twitter.com/9Pj8FNw1MF— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) April 18, 2020
A model to follow?
A member of medical staff wearing a protective face mask and gloves takes a swab from a man during drive-thru coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing at Bahrain Exhibition Center, in Manama, Bahrain April 9, 2020. (Reuters)