Bahrain makes face masks compulsory in public, allows shops to re-open

Bahrain makes face masks compulsory in public, allows shops to re-open
Doctors check a traveller in their designated residential area to check on residents who returned from Iran if anyone is infected with the novel coronavirus, at Isa Town Health Center, south of Manama, Bahrain, March 2, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 09 April 2020

Bahrain makes face masks compulsory in public, allows shops to re-open

Bahrain makes face masks compulsory in public, allows shops to re-open
  • The Kingdom made wearing face masks in public areas compulsory for citizens and residents as well as shop workers
  • Shops that provide goods or services directly to customers will re-open

RIYADH: Bahrain said Thursday it would allow shops that provide goods or services directly to customers to re-open if they take the necessary precautions to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
The Kingdom also made wearing face masks in public areas compulsory for citizens and residents as well as shop workers, the state Bahrain News Agency reported.
It also called on facilities that will receive customers to avoid overcrowding inside stores, and to allow for sufficient distancing between individuals. This is to be applied starting 7 p.m. local time. 
The report said the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism has made more than a million medical masks available in markets and pharmacies starting Wednesday to contribute in the fight against COVID-19.


Gaza imposes tighter virus restrictions, extends curfew

Updated 03 December 2020

Gaza imposes tighter virus restrictions, extends curfew

Gaza imposes tighter virus restrictions, extends curfew
  • Mosques, schools, universities and kindergartens will be closed from Saturday in the Gaza Strip, excluding high schools and nurseries
  • Medical and political sources warned last week of a spike in Covid-19 cases in the Gaza Strip

GAZA CITY: New measures to counter the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Gaza Strip were announced on Thursday by the interior ministry of Hamas, which rules the Palestinian enclave.
Mosques, schools, universities and kindergartens will be closed from Saturday in the Gaza Strip, excluding high schools and nurseries, the interior ministry said in a statement.
A night-time curfew was also set to start from Saturday, lasting from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 am, while a full lockdown will be imposed on Fridays and Saturdays from December 11 through to the end of the month.
Shops and other premises must close by 6:00 p.m. and people must be home by 6:30 pm, compared to 8:00 p.m. under the previous curfew rules.
Medical and political sources warned last week of a spike in Covid-19 cases in the Gaza Strip, saying the situation was “out of control.”
The enclave, a small, densely populated territory with two million inhabitants under an Israeli blockade, closed its borders early in the pandemic and only allowed a limited number of people to enter, requiring them to isolate for three weeks in quarantine centers.
Up until mid-August, authorities in Gaza had only recorded around 100 Covid-19 cases.
But in the past two weeks, containment of the virus has deteriorated in Gaza, with hundreds of new infections announced per day, resulting in a total of 23,023 cases and 122 deaths.
Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar is among those who have recently been infected by the virus, the movement said Tuesday.