Special zones for Bahrainis at random COVID-19 testing sites could be introduced

Proposal was aimed at organising things, and would save everyone’s time

  
A Bahrain Defence Force medical personnel wearing a protective face mask works at a makeshift ICU "Field Intensive Care Unit 2 (Sitra)" set up by Bahrain authorities to treat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) critical patients, at an island in Sitra, Bahrain, May 4, 2020.

A Bahrain Defence Force medical personnel wearing a protective face mask works at a makeshift ICU "Field Intensive Care Unit 2 (Sitra)" set up by Bahrain authorities to treat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) critical patients, at an island in Sitra, Bahrain, May 4, 2020.

REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

MANAMA: Special zones or lanes for Bahrainis at random Covid-19 testing sites could be introduced due to a rush by expat labourers.

MPs yesterday approved an urgent proposal by five MPs, led by Ammar Qambar, who believe that Bahrainis should be spared the long waiting queues.

One of the MPs, Hamad Al Kooheji, added during the session that the same privilege could be extended for vaccinations too.

Parliament Speaker Fouzia Zainal and second vice-chairman Ali Al Zayed said the full proposal should have been presented in writing.

Mr Qambar said there was nothing wrong with adding the vaccinations clause during the session.

Ms Zainal replied that she had no objections to the addition, and said she would herself add the clause in writing to the proposal before it is submitted to the Cabinet for review.

“Bahrainis face huge delays when taking the vaccines at health centres as expats are present in large numbers,” said Mr Al Kooheji.

Mr Qambar said the proposal was aimed at organising things, and would save everyone’s time.

The GDN reported earlier this month that people had been urged to be more patient and responsible while waiting for Covid-19 tests at random screening facilities across the kingdom.

The call went out after a video circulated online showed scores of people shouting and jostling for space at a mall in Segaiya where random tests were being conducted.

The footage further showed policemen struggling to control the crowd.

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