Health Ministry Under-Secretary Dr Waleed Al Manea this week reported that Bahrain’s Covid-19 recovery rate had reached 70 per cent. Meanwhile, the Kingdom has the lowest death rate in the region at around 0.24% of total cases.

Since mid-February, Bahrain has recorded 20,430 cases of Covid-19. This includes 5,677 active cases, and 57 fatalities; along with 28 ongoing critical cases and 173 individuals receiving treatment.

However, new cases have continued to accumulate, with the 18 June press conference reporting 540 cases in the previous 24 hours. Since 11 June, the total number of deaths has increased from 32 to 57.

Given these continued challenges, new measures have been announced, including the threat of action against shops which don’t follow social distancing regulations. An increasingly rigorous test and trace scheme has resulted in the examination of more than 60,000 contacts with positive cases. Meanwhile, the gradual expansion of medical capacity allowed the announcement in recent days that resources now exist for the treatment of 10,000 Coronavirus cases.

Head of the National Task Force for Combating Coronavirus monitoring committee, Lt-Col Dr Manaf Al Qahtani, has led a drive to urge those who have recovered from the virus to donate blood plasma, as part of the medical efforts for combatting the disease. Around 200 patients have made donations so far.

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