Bahrain and Kuwait confirm first cases of coronavirus while UAE hosts 13

Bahrain and Kuwait confirm first cases of coronavirus while UAE hosts 13

24 Feb 2020

UAE coronavirus updates

The Ministry of Health of the Kingdom Bahrain has confirmed the first case of the Coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Kingdom after a Bahraini citizen arriving from Iran was suspected of having contracted the virus, based on emerging symptoms.

According to the Bahrain News Agency, BNA, the patient was transferred for immediate testing, treatment and isolation under the supervision of a specialised medical team. 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.

The ministry said it is taking further preventive measures to ensure the virus is 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 Organisation.

The ministry added that it will be monitoring all individuals who had been in contact with the patient.

All individuals who are showing symptoms of coronavirus, have interacted with a person who has been showing symptoms, or have traveled to a country where the virus was detected are advised to report to the ministry to get tested, the BNA statement said.

On the same day, Kuwait announced its first three cases of coronavirus, one of which was a Saudi Arabian citizen. Saudi Arabia said it is coordinating with Kuwait to treat the citizen.

The UAE currently has 13 people that have suffered the coronavirus, with three recovered.