Wed, 29 April 2020
The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, HE Dr. Shaikha Rana bint Isa Al Khalifa, stated that 3,800 Bahraini Citizens have been successfully repatriated to Bahrain from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Russia, Turkey, Pakistan and Iran.
The repatriation efforts were conducted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the National Taskforce to Combat COVID-19, as part of the International COVID-19 Repatriation Programme (ICRP). “The safe return of citizens will continue in line with the Kingdom’s established timeline, which ends in mid-May,” said HE Dr. Rana.
Extensive measures taken by the Ministry to contact Bahraini citizens abroad. “These include increasing call center capacity to ensure calls are answered at all hours of the day, updating and registering citizens’ data, and ensuring the smooth and safe return of citizens by organising travel and accommodation,” HE explained.
Efforts taken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs includes the spread of domestic awareness by contacting foreign embassies in Bahrain and notifying them of the precautionary steps and measures taken by the government to safeguard citizens and residents.
In addition, the Ministry has continued coordination with relevant authorities to facilitate the delivery of medicines and food products from various countries, to ensure supplies within the Kingdom remain abundant. “The Ministry has also translated all COVID-19 precautionary guidelines and measures into a number of languages, including English, Hindi, Urdu, Tagalog, and Bengali,” HE stated.
This was stated at a press conference held by the National Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19) today at the Crown Prince Centre for Training and Medical Research at the Bahrain Defence Force Hospital, to highlight COVID-19 related measures established within the Kingdom and to provide an update on mitigation efforts.
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