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Mask-clad residents walk in a neighbourhood of Kuwait city on May 12. Image Credit: AFP

Dubai: Bahrain reported 72 new cases of coronavirus infection, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 6,655, according to the Ministry of Health.

The ministry revealed that 47 expatriate workers were among the new cases, with 25 of them getting the virus from direct contact with active cases.

A total of 113 COVID-19 patients have recovered fully from the symptoms of the virus, taking the total number of patients recovered so far to 2,753. The recovered cases have been discharged from dedicated treatment centres.

Late last night, the ministry confirmed one more death from the virus - a 53-year-old expat who suffered from chronic health problems.

Currently, a total of 228و573 people have been tested and the total number of confirmed active cases is 3,890, among which 3 patients are in critical condition.

‘BeAware’ App

Bahrain had earlier launched an application called ‘BeAware’ for both Android and iOS platforms. It uses location data to alert individuals in case they approach an active coronavirus infected person or a location an infected person has visited. It also tracks the movement of quarantine cases for 14 days.

The app also provides public health recommendations and highlights global COVID-19 developments, state news agency BNA reported.

The application is monitoring approximately 2,273 self-isolation cases through e-bracelets people are wearing and has monitored 5,123 cases as of Wednesday. The authorities distributed 4,194 e-bracelets.

Contact tracers have gained popularity recently as a method to contain the spread of the coronavirus, after top smartphone software developers, Google and Apple, said they were collaborating on apps which can identify individuals who have come into contact with a COVID-19 infected person and alert them.

The apps use GPS location data stored on phones while connected to the internet through WiFi or cell-tower signals. They can also use Bluetooth to detect nearby phones.