Last week the Ministry of Health highlighted that the contact tracing mechanism is used to track the locations of the contacts of active COVID-19 cases, in order to ensure health and safety of citizens and residents.
In line with this, Bahrain’s health authorities launched the ‘Be Aware’ app, which aims to support efforts to contain the Coronavirus (COVID-19) by advancing contact tracing efforts, and raising awareness of active cases within the Kingdom.
The latest update (21 March 2020, 8:00pm) on the Health Ministry’s webpage on coronavirus reveals that over 20, 901 people have been tested. As of now, there are 184 active cases where 180 people are stable while 4 are critical. 125 people have been discharged so far and one death reported.
Meanwhile, more than 210,000 cases have now been reported to WHO, and more than 9,000 people have lost their lives. Yesterday, Wuhan reported no new cases for the first time since the outbreak started. According to WHO, data from many countries clearly show that people under 50 make up a significant proportion of patients requiring hospitalization.
WHO has published guidelines for health ministers, health system administrators, and other decision-makers, to help them provide life-saving treatment as health systems are challenged, without compromising the safety of health workers.
The guidelines detail actions all countries can take to provide care for patients, regardless of how many cases they have. They also outline specific actions to prepare health systems, according to each of the “4 Cs” – no cases, sporadic cases, clusters of cases, and community transmission.
WHO is working with companies to increase the production of the other products needed to perform the tests, from the swabs used to take samples to the large machines needed to process them.