Bahrain suspends all flights from Dubai and Sharjah as it looks to contain Coronavirus
Bahrain has suspended all flights from Dubai International Airport and Sharjah International Airport.
The Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) in the kingdom announced the suspension on Monday night for a period of 48 hours, effective immediately, in a bid to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus, reports Arabian Business.
Bahrain announced its first case on Monday and shut three schools when a man, who had transported children to the institutions, tested positive after returning from Iran on February 21 via Dubai airport, the health ministry said.
A statement on the Bahrain News Agency website said:
“All arrivals to Bahrain International Airport suspected of infection will be tested and, if found to be suffering from the condition, are immediately transferred to designated centres for isolation and treatment.”
It added that Bahraini residents who are currently in areas affected by the coronavirus and who are planning to return to the kingdom, should call +973 17227555.
Iran's confirmed death toll rose to 12 on Monday, with the government promising transparency and dismissing a lawmaker's claim the toll could be as high as 50.