Coronavirus Reproduction Rate in Bahrain Increases Due to Gatherings

The R0 in Bahrain from May 13th to 9th June stands at 1.52, reported health officials.

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr Walid Al-Manea, highlighted that the Ministry is monitoring local COVID-19 developments with a number of standardized global indicators including the basic reproductive number (R0), which is the average number of secondary infections arising from a single active COVID-19 case.

The levels of R0 in residents stands at 1.83 and for citizens stands at 1.35. One of the reasons for the high basic reproductive number is due to non-compliance such as family and social gatherings, leaving the house unnecessarily.

Dr Al-Manea emphasised the importance of continuing to follow all precautionary measures aimed at mitigating the spread of the COVID-19.

The capacity at isolation centres now stands at 8,511 beds of which 5,061 are currently occupied, and 3,410 beds at quarantine centres, of which 492 are occupied. In addition to this, the call centre 444 has received over 85, 890 calls during this week and a total of 445,000 calls since the establishment of the hotline number.