Role of Ports Security General Directorate during COVID-19 highlighted.

Manama: The General Directorate for Ports Security carried out 108 missions to facilitate procedures for the evacuation of 10,218 citizens and residents from abroad, ever since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) broke out.

The directorate also carried out 188 missions to repatriate 19, 757 residents living in the Kingdom of Bahrain to their respective countries, said Administrative Affairs Liaison Officer First Lieutenant Rashid Hamad Al-Dosary.

He unveiled the updated statistities as he attended the “Al Amn”, a weekly programme broadcast on Thursday on Radio Bahrain, in cooperation with the General Directorate for Media and Security Culture at the Ministry of Interior.

“The directorate has also provided COVID-19 tests for a total of 91, 029 passengers who arrived into Bahrain from abroad”, adding that meetings had been held wit the Office of the First Deputy Prime Minister, the Ministry of Health and other competent authorities to update precautionary measures in line with the global developments of the pandemic.

The directorate has recently started implementing a plan at the Bahrain International Airport to raise the number of passengers from 1000 to 2000 daily, as part of a graduation resumption of movement.

A designated area has been allocated at Bahrain International Airport medical examination area at Bahrain International Airport’s reception hall, where information of arriving passengers is recorded and tests conducted.

Regarding the resumption of traffic on the King Fahd Causeway, he said that exceptional measures have been taken to facilitate the movement of passengers of travelers in line with the required health protocols, adding that a comprehensive study is underway to restore the movement of cruise ships at sea ports.

Al-Dosari urged citizens and residents planning to travel abroad via Bahrain International Airport to ensure first the procedures and conditions enforced at their respective destinations.