A drop in weekly Covid-19 cases and a steadfast pledge to host a successful and safe double-header of Formula 1 races was reported at the National Medical Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19) press conference held at the Crown Prince Centre for Training and Medical Research at the Bahrain Defence Force Hospital.
The Consultant of Infectious and Internal Diseases at Salmaniya Medical Complex and member of the National Medical Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Dr Jameela Salman, confirmed 1,500 stable cases from a total of 1,510 active cases. Currently, 28 COVID-19 cases are receiving treatment and 10 cases are in a critical condition.
The current recovery rate is 97.84 per cent with a 0.39 per cent death rate. Isolation centre capacity stands at 6 per cent, with 416 out of 6,346 beds occupied and 1,094 asymptomatic cases under optional home self-isolation after meeting the requirements to do so.
Dr Salman further noted that these two races will draw attention to Bahrain and its successes across various fields, particularly its national response to COVID-19, stressing that the Ministry of Health’s team has acquired a thorough understanding of the medical requirements and skills needed for this particular event.
Meanwhile, the Undersecretary at the Ministry of Health and member of the National Medical Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19), HE Dr Waleed Khalifa Al Manea, emphasised that the Kingdom has ordered more than one million vaccines since last August from several companies, and will be one of the first countries to receive the vaccines as soon as they are approved by the National Health Regulatory Authority and international health organisations.
He announced that two million PCR tests have been done so far in Bahrain, a further achievement accomplished thanks to the efforts of the Kingdom’s medical first responders and supporting staff. This means that more than 50 per cent of the population has been tested at least once.