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12 Mar 2020 | 04:59 AM UTC

Bahrain: Entry restrictions implemented amid COVID-19 outbreak March 10 /update 5

Bahraini authorities implement entry restrictions amid ongoing COVID-19 outbreak on March 10; follow authority directives

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Event

On Tuesday, March 10, Bahraini authorities announced the implementation of entry restrictions for travelers form various countries due to the ongoing global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Those traveling from Egypt, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand 14 days prior to their arrival in Bahrain and show symptoms of the virus will be tested for it and placed in quarantine until the results are received. Those that test positive will be transferred to a treatment center.

Those traveling from China, Iran, Iraq, and South Korea will face the same screening measures, though must wait at the airport for the results.

As of Thursday, March 12, some 195 cases have been confirmed in Bahrain. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in more than 30 countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) labelled the outbreak as pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly, and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone non-essential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the virus.