Organised through the local embassies, the care packages include ling life essential food items such as pasta, tins, tea bags and oil and also have masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and paracetamol.
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“The parcels offer supplies at a time when many supermarkets and pharmacies around the world are experiencing stock shortages,” the agency said.
Bahrain’s embassy in Washington has coordinated with 136 universities in North America to assist students and fielded thousands of calls on a dedicated hotline, BEDB said.
So far, the embassy has also purchased 71 flights home for Bahraini nationals unable to get back themselves.
Bahrain has received praise from experts for its handling of the pandemic so far with strict measures to stop the spread, a comprehensive tracing programme to map infections and widespread testing in the community.
It was also the first Arab country to join a World Health Organization initiative to pool resources to help produce a treatment or vaccine.
The kingdom converted public buses into mobile testing units and established a number of field hospitals to treat cases.
Bahrain currently has 5,531 confirmed cases but only 9 deaths. While the small island kingdom has now begun to ease some restrictions with malls and shops slowly reopening, there have been some setbacks.
This week, 16 members of a family tested positive after sharing an Iftar meal and is still registering several hundred new infections a day.
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