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Bahrain denies coronavirus case report

Health ministry says test results were negative

  • By Habib Toumi Bureau Chief
  • Published: 16:23 June 2, 2013
  • Gulf News

Manama: Bahrain’s health ministry has denied reports that a Pakistani national who had the coronavirus had fled the country’s main public hospital.

The report said that the Pakistani driver was taken to Salmaniya Medical Complex after officials at the King Fahd Causeway linking Bahrain with Saudi Arabia suspected he had the respiratory virus. However, the report added, he managed to leave the hospital while the medics were waiting for the test results.

The health ministry on Sunday issued a statement in which it said that exhaustive tests proved that the driver had not contracted the coronavirus and that he left the hospital normally.

“The Pakistani national, 55, was transferred on Saturday to the Salmaniya Medical Complex after the customs at the King Fahd Causeway alerted the health authorities who dispatched an ambulance,” the ministry said.

“A series of exams concluded that the patient’s condition was normal and that he did not have the symptoms of the coronavirus. He was nevertheless transferred to the Accident and Emergency Department where he examined by an emergency department consultant and all the necessary tests were carried out. As he did not suffer from the virus, he left the hospital.”

The ministry said that no case of the coronavirus has been recorded in Bahrain.

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