Daily random screenings stepped up in Bahrain

The number of samples collected from each site ranged from 200 to 500

  
A woman takes her appointment for a second dose of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, at Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC), in Manama, Bahrain December 24, 2020.

A woman takes her appointment for a second dose of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, at Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC), in Manama, Bahrain December 24, 2020.

REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Daily random screenings for Covid-19 have been stepped up to combat the spike in coronavirus cases.

This has been necessitated by the emergence of a number of contact cases due to laxity in adhering to the mandated precautionary measures.

Random morning and evening screening campaigns have been stepped up in various regions of the country, said Health Ministry’s Covid-19 Mobile Units Officer Dr Taghreed Ajoor.

The number of samples collected from each site ranged from 200 to 500, he said.

The medical team that performs the examinations is accompanied by representatives of the Interior Ministry and members of the community police, to help organise and facilitate the task of conducting the checks.

“A number of existing cases were the result of negligence in adhering to the precautionary measures from those who do not show symptoms of the virus,” said Dr Ajoor.

“This pandemic requires everyone to enhance the level of preventive measures required to avoid the risks of spreading the virus among different age groups.

“Screening campaigns are being intensified in densely populated areas, in order to monitor various cases and record information that contributes to maintaining the health and safety of everyone in the community,” she said.

The medic also urged those in contact with existing cases not to visit the random testing locations but instead wait for the parties concerned to contact them.

She also stressed the need to adhere to all health instructions and preventive guidelines, including avoiding contact, adhering to social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands, and constantly sterilising surfaces.

Over the past few days, there has been a spike in daily Covid-19 cases due to negligence, with experts warning that although Bahrain has made great strides in vaccinating nearly 150,000 people, the public still needs to abide by the precautions to support those working on the frontlines.

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