Bahrain

Bahrain reports first coronavirus death

Bahraini authorities seal off a building housing foreign workers on the outskirts after a positive coronavirus test of Manama (13 March 2020)
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Bahrain has reported its first death from the new coronavirus disease.

The 65-year-old female Bahraini citizen, who had underlying health conditions, was also the first person to die as a result of Covid-19 in the six-nation Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC).

The woman had been placed in isolation since returning from Iran via a third country last month, the health ministry said in a statement.

Bahrain has reported 214 cases of Covid-19. Many of them are linked to travel from Iran, where more than 13,900 people have been infected and 724 have died.

Bahrain and the other GCC states have taken measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Saudi Arabia closed public spaces and suspended most government operations on Sunday, while Kuwait largely went into lockdown over the weekend, closing all shopping malls except for those related to food and halted all commercial flights to and from the country.

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