Doctors and nurses are seen doing their final check on the equipment in a makeshift ICU "Field Intensive Care Unit 1" set up by Bahrian authorities to treat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) critical patients, at a car-park of Bahrain Defence Force Hospital in Riffa, Bahrain, April 14, 2020. Image Credit: Reuters

Dubai: Bahrain reported on Friday 40 new coronavirus cases, 22 of which were citizens returning from Iran, according to Al Arabiya.

This brings the total number of cases in the country up to 1,740 cases.

Out of those 40 new cases, two were migrant workers and 10 were people who encountered previously infected individuals.

There are currently 1,008 active coronavirus cases, three of which are in critical condition, while the rest are stable.

The number of recovered patients reached 725 people, while the death toll stood at seven.

Bahrain has so far conducted more than 79,000 tests and the Ministry of Health said it will continue randomly selecting citizens and residents to test for the coronavirus.

Selected individuals will receive an SMS text message notifying them of the date and time of their COVID-19 test, which will take place at the drive-through testing facility, located at Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre and should not exceed five minutes.

The individuals are required to bring a valid ID for identification purposes. Through this process, the Ministry of Health aims to conduct more than 9,000 COVID-19 tests for randomly selected citizens and residents.

Bahrain last, Monday it will start clinical trials using convalescent plasma transfusion to combat the disease in currently infected patients. The trials will include 20 coronavirus cases in isolation and treatment centers.

Plasma is the liquid part of the blood, which carries cells and proteins through the body, when taken from a convalescent – someone who has recovered from an illness – it contains antibodies that can fight said illness.