Coronavirus: Bahrain enforces strict measures after first death in GCC recorded

Bahraini policemen seal off a building in the Salmabad industrial area as a precautionary measure after a resident tested positive for coronavirus, on the outskirts of Manama. (File photo: AFP)

Bahrain has enforced several precautionary measures as the number of coronavirus cases in the country reached 237 with one recorded death, according to the Ministry of Health.

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The country reported the first virus-related death in the Arabian Gulf on Monday.

As a result, Bahrain will begin imposing several strict guidelines on its citizens and residents, starting from March 18, to contain the outbreak and ensure that all members of the community are protected.

Supermarkets and food stores must designate their first opening hour to the elderly and pregnant women to minimize their risk of infection as part of the guidelines.

All movie theaters, gyms, public swimming pools, and theme parks will be closed. Shisha cafes will be shut and will only be allowed to provide food and drinks through take-away orders or delivery.

All travelers who come into the country through different ports will be tested for the virus and will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days, one of the guidelines said.

Schools and universities will remain closed until further notice, according to the ministry’s guidelines. However, the ministry encouraged employees to work remotely if they can.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:05 - GMT 07:05
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