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Due to an increase in new COVID-19 cases, Bahrain has said that it will extend restrictions for three more weeks. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Cairo: Bahrain has said that it will extend for three more weeks a set of restrictions to limit a surge in COVID-19 cases.

A national medical taskforce team in charge of tackling COVID-19 has announced that the extension will take effect starting from Sunday, February 21, till March 14.

The extended measures include allowing a maximum of 70 per cent of employees at all government agencies to work from home; and suspending class attendance and replacing it with online education in public and private schools and higher education institutions as well as kindergartens in the country.

Other measures comprise closure of indoor gyms, and swimming pools, including all indoor exercise classes while outdoor exercises at gyms and sports halls are allowed with a maximum of 30 persons.

Private events

Services at restaurants and coffee shops will continue to be limited to outdoors. All social gatherings or private events with more than 30 persons are banned.

The national medical taskforce team urged everyone in the kingdom to exercise vigilance and caution to help curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Bahrain so far has confirmed a total of 116,482 virus cases and 418 related deaths.