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Bahrain: 50% of existing cases are contacts from family gatherings

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The Ministry of Health recorded a significant increase in the number of existing cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. 

An analysis of the existing cases registered after contact tracing operations showed an increase in the existing cases among children and housewives

The virus was transmitted to them due to lack of commitment and societal contact between relatives, said the ministry in a statement.

The percentage of cases in this category was estimated at 50%, of which 13% were children in the age groups between 0-17 years, which marked a significant increase for these age groups.

The ministry revealed that 40% of the cases are due to mixing with existing cases, while 5% are due to those coming from abroad. The percentage of Bahrainis among the existing cases was 51%, compared to 49% ؜  for expatriates.

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It warned of the danger of laxity in applying precautionary measures to limit the spread of the virus and underestimating its seriousness, which leads existing case rates to reach levels greater than they were in the past.

It stressed the importance of reducing the rates of existing cases through responsible commitment to implementing the instructions issued by the National Taskforce for Combating COVID-19, and putting the interest of the homeland and society above all considerations.

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“It is regrettable to see a significant increase of infections after the reduction in the number of existing cases, which constitutes a double burden on the health authorities and cadres working day and night in order to combat the Coronavirus”, said the ministry.

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It urged citizens and residents to stay away from gatherings in order to preserve the health of community members, adding that everyone yearns to return to normal life.

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