All safety measures ‘in place for F1 weekends’ in Bahrain

Races this year are without spectators, but grandstand seats will be open for frontline healthcare workers and their families

  
Formula One F1 - Bahrain Testing - Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain - April 2, 2019 Mick Schumacher during testing for Ferrari.

Formula One F1 - Bahrain Testing - Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain - April 2, 2019 Mick Schumacher during testing for Ferrari.

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All measures have been taken to ensure safe Formula 1 races this weekend and the next, assured top medics.

Frontline healthcare workers who were lauded as “Bahrain’s heroes” are ready to ensure the major sporting events are held successfully, they noted.

Bahrain is gearing up to host the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend and the Formula 1 Rolex Sakhir Grand Prix next weekend at the Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir.

The races this year are without spectators, but grandstand seats will be open for frontline healthcare workers and their families under the royal directives of HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince Prime Minister, in honour of their services.

As part of the campaign titled #ThankYou_OurHeroes, the Health Ministry started handing out invitations and the tickets along with facemasks and hand sanitisers to the frontline heroes and their families.Health Ministry Under-Secretary Dr Waleed Al Manea commended the frontline medics, military and security support and government agencies, for their diligent and continuous work in the face of the pandemic.

“We will continue to thank our frontline heroes, which is the least gratitude for their efforts – thank you, history will not forget you.

“The door is open for frontline healthcare workers to attend the races.

“The gesture of HRH the Crown Prince Prime Minister is an honour for the healthcare workers,” he added.

Dr Al Manea was addressing an online Press conference from the Crown Prince Centre for Training and Medical Research at the BDF.

Also present were National Taskforce for Combating Coronavirus (Covid-19) member Lieutenant Colonel Dr Manaf Al Qahtani and taskforce member and Salmaniya Medical Complex Infectious and Internal Diseases consultant Dr Jameela Al Salman.

“Bahrain’s heroes are its frontline healthcare workers and the highest readiness of the nation reflects on the fact that we are hosting two major sporting events – Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend and the Formula 1 Rolex Sakhir Grand Prix next weekend,” said Dr Al Salman.

“The medical team is ready and the frontline healthcare workers will be there to make sure the events are successful.”

She also noted that the success in reducing active cases to as low as 1,510 and critical cases to 10 was due to awareness about social norms.

“The champions are on the verge of a new challenge, with the kingdom hosting the Formula 1 races, as this confirms the capabilities of Bahrain in spite of the exceptional global circumstances of the pandemic.

“We are confident of the high level of readiness to host the Formula 1 events.

“The ministry has acquired the experiences that qualified it to become more understanding of the medical needs that accompany such an event, and the medical team is flexible and fast in its skills of dealing with the situations at the race.

“All necessary precautionary measures and health measures have been taken based on protocols and we are looking forward to record another success to the nation’s credit.”

The GDN reported yesterday two Covid-19 testing centres and a special on-site isolation room have been set up at the BIC as part of medical safety procedures introduced to stem any potential outbreaks of the virus.

The merging of the medical intervention and extrication teams into one unit as part of Covid-19 precautions is another change to limit the number of people on site.

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