Thirty-nine suspected cases – 28 Bahrainis and 11 expats, have tested negative for the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was first detected in China in January, Health Ministry Undersecretary Dr. Waleed Al Mena revealed. He added all tests examined at the Public Health Laboratory were negative which confirms that Bahrain is free from the virus.
The Health Ministry Undersecretary was speaking on the sidelines of an inspection visit paid by President of the Supreme Council for Health, Lieutenant-General Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, and Health Minister, Faeqa bint Saeed Al Saleh, to Ibrahim Khalil Kanoo Community Medical Centre to follow up on preparations to counter 2019-nCoV.
Dr. Al Mena said that the Bahraini university students returning from China have been dealt with according to the preventive measures followed locally and internationally. He added some measures were stepped up depending on how close those students were to the epicenter of the epidemic, Wuhan. The students were quarantined for 14 days to ascertain they did not contract the virus, he noted.
Concerning the 7 confirmed cases in the UAE, the Health Ministry Undersecretary affirmed daily coordination and follow-up with the UAE Health Ministry, represented by Assistant Undersecretary for Centers and Health Clinics, Dr. Hussain Al Rand, the Chairman of the National Committee for International Health Regulations and the Control of Pandemics. The aim, he pointed out, is to monitor the latest developments and prevent the spread of the virus in the Gulf region by collecting passengers’ data at airports and closely follow up on their health situations.
Dr. Al Mena has stated that the quarantine wards at Ebrahim Khalil Kanoo Community Medical Centre are a step forward in boosting health services and the preemptive measures adopted by Bahrain to stop the virus from entering the kingdom.