|29 March, 2020

Stranded Bahrainis fly home from Oman

Returnees were subjected to vigorous containment protocols upon arrival

A group of Bahrainis stranded in Muscat after flying there from Iran via Doha arrived in Bahrain yesterday on a chartered flight.

They constituted the third batch of Bahrainis – stranded in Iran since the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) – evacuated as part of the International Covid-19 Repatriation Programme (ICRP).

The citizens landed at Bahrain International Airport early yesterday morning.

“The Health Ministry co-ordinated effectively with Omani authorities to organise a charter flight to repatriate Bahraini citizens who had arrived into Oman from Iran, via Doha,” said the ministry.

“Returnees were subjected to vigorous containment protocols upon arrival, in line with existing measures in place for individuals arriving from countries affected by the Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19).”

Co-operation

The ministry expressed its appreciation to the Omani authorities for their co-operation in safeguarding the well-being of citizens and residents in both countries.

The ministry underscored the strict preventive measures Bahrain is enacting to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, which requires all arriving passengers to test for the virus.

The results of the test will determine whether they require treatment or quarantine, in accordance with recommendations outlined by the World Health Organisation.

The ministry also highlighted the progress of the ICRP, noting that the ministry was working with a range of authorities to expedite the safe return of citizens.

MP Ahmed Al Demistani told the GDN 73 Bahrainis were flown in from Muscat on a SalamAir chartered plane. However, there was no official confirmation of this.

Meanwhile, the Jaffari Endowments Directorate has praised the directives of His Majesty King Hamad, His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, to facilitate the return of Bahraini citizens stranded abroad while taking into consideration all preventive measures to ensure their safety.

Chairman Yusif bin Saleh Al Saleh hailed the efforts of the government and the society to overcome the current health situation.

He commended the efforts of the Health Ministry, the medical team, the National Taskforce to Combat Covid-19, the Bahrain Defence Force, the security bodies and the government and non-government authorities in supporting the community.

He also praised keenness of the community to comply with the directives issued by authorities, including suspending religious and social activities at mosques, community centres and condolences majlises.

Adhering to the instructions reflected a high level of awareness and responsibility which will help curb the spread of the virus and eliminate it, he said.

noorz@gdn.com.bh

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