Bahrain finds new COVID-19 strain; shuts schools and suspends dine in services

The health ministry had said it has detected a new variant of coronavirus, yet to be told which kind.

Krystien Meyers
January 27, 2021 6:20 PM

Bahrain will suspend dine-in services at restaurants and cafes and move public and private schools to remote learning for three weeks to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

The ministry has detected a new variant of coronavirus, it said, without saying which kind. The decisions will come into effect on Sunday.

There has been an uptick in coronavirus cases in the Gulf kingdom since December. The country registered 459 new cases on Wednesday, adding to a total of nearly 100,000 since the start of the pandemic, with 370 deaths.

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