Bahrain, Kuwait report first cases of coronavirus

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February 24, 2020

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Bahrain, Kuwait report first cases of coronavirus

Bahraini health authorities said a citizen arriving from Iran showed symptoms of coronavirus. Photo: AFP

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DUBAI: Bahrain reported its first case of coronavirus on Monday, after health authorities said a citizen arriving from Iran showed symptoms of the virus.

Meanwhile, Kuwait reported three cases of the virus in people, including a Saudi national, who had recently traveled from Iran.

The three cases, the first in the Gulf state, were among the 700 people evacuated from the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad last week, state news agency KUNA reported.

“The patient was transferred to the Ebrahim Khalil Kanoo Medical Centre for immediate testing, treatment and isolation under the supervision of a specialized medical team,” Bahrain News Agency reported.

“The ministry undertook further necessary medical measures to monitor all individuals who had been in contact with the patient and referred them to isolation accordingly.”

Bahrain’s health ministry also said it was taking further preventive measures to ensure the virus was contained, including monitoring the health of individuals arriving from infected countries for a period of 14 days, in line with international standards set by the World Health Organization.

“The ministry calls upon all citizens and residents who are experiencing symptoms of COVID19, including a fever, coughing and difficulty breathing, or those who have traveled to one of the countries infected with the disease or have interacted with a person traveling from any of those locations, or interacted with an infected patient, to isolate themselves, call ‪444, and follow the instructions given by the medical team, and avoid close contact with others,” the ministry said.

(with inputs from Agencies)

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