| 16 April 2024, Tuesday |

Bahrain records unprecedented surge in Covid infections

Bahrain’s health ministry on Monday reported 28 deaths from Covid-19, its highest daily toll.

Last week, it reserved access to most public venues for immunised people after the sharp rise in infections, which authorities attributed to large gatherings during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr holiday.

Almost 42 per cent of the population is now fully vaccinated.

From May 24, Bahrein suspended entry to travellers coming from countries on its Red List . This includes India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. Only Bahraini citizens and residents can return from these destinations.

The kingdom has also reintroduced mandatory quarantine for all unvaccinated travellers arriving in Bahrain. Passengers must take a PCR test before flying and on arrival, then complete 10 days of home or hotel quarantine.

On Monday, a health report showed 2,800 new Covid-19 infections, taking the country’s tally to 220,847.

Bahrain, which is home to a population of 1.7 million, had registered 3,177 new infections on the previous day.

It has reported 848 deaths.

The country is working to manage the coronavirus pandemic and is now administering vaccinations quickly. It has moved into third place in the global rankings for vaccination rates, behind the UAE and Israel, respectively.

This month, authorities said they would expand the vaccination campaign to include adolescents aged 12 to 17.