Early on Tuesday morning, the Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) ministry confirmed via a tweet by the Bahrain News Agency that it was suspending all flights to the country from Dubai and Sharjah for 48 hours with immediate effect in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus infection.
All passengers entering Bahrain will be tested at arrivals and if they display symptoms, they will be immediately transferred to an isolation facility for treatment.
Civil Aviation Affairs announces the suspension of all flights arriving from Dubai International Airport and Sharjah International Airport for 48 hours https://t.co/x7THvuqcWM
— Bahrain News Agency (@bna_en) February 24, 2020
The bulk of the around 30 daily flights to Bahrain from Dubai and Sharjah are operated by Emirates Airline, flydubai, Air Arabia and Gulf Air.
Bahrain’s Ministry of Health reported its first confirmed coronavirus case on Monday of a citizen who had arrived in Iran.
Due to the temporary suspension of Air Services between Dubai & Bahrain, the following Emirates flights have been cancelled on 25 & 26 February:
For more details, please visit:https://t.co/aqWqucRFnB
— Emirates Support (@EmiratesSupport) February 25, 2020
The UAE reported fresh cases on Friday and Saturday including an Iranian couple visiting the country and two more cases including a 34-year-old Filipino and a 39-year-old Bangladeshi, taking the total number of those infected to 13.
Of the 13 cases reported in the UAE, three have fully recovered.
Kuwait also reported its first cases of three cases on Monday and Oman and Iraq also recorded their first cases of one case of the coronavirus infection each.
The government in Iran has said that 12 people have died from coronavirus and 66 had been infected, though reports of several more deaths from the Iranian city of Qom remain unconfirmed.
Tajikistan, Oman and Turkey joined a growing list of countries suspending flights and travel to and from Iran.