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54 samples tested for Coronavirus negative

Bahrain News
Mon, 11 Apr 2016

MANAMA: Tests on 54 samples taken from people in contact with a Saudi patient infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome/Coronavirus (Mers-CoV) were negative, the Health Ministry’s public health directorate announced last night. 

The ministry has been co-ordinating efforts with the Royal Medical Services and Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Cardiac Centre and contacting all parties concerned to prevent the spread of the virus.  

A plan has been put in place to help the medical team confront the virus and ensure the safety of residents since the infection was detected in a Saudi patient on Saturday. 

Instructions have also been given to all heads of departments at health facilities to follow up developments and co-ordinate with the ministry and the media. 

Meanwhile, a Saudi team specialising in Mers-CoV visited Bahrain to provide expertise on arrangements taken. They praised all precautionary measures taken by the cardiac centre and the infection control section at the BDF Hospital to fight the virus. 

They also said that the Saudi patient will be transferred to Saudi Arabia once his condition stabilises. 

The patient was tested for the virus again after his family reported that he was in contact with camels.