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Bahrain sends Covid-19 'care packages' to students studying abroad

The boxes include items such as pasta, canned foods, teabags and olive oil, as well as masks, gloves, hand sanitizers and basic medicine

Bahrain sends Covid-19 'care packages' to students studying abroad

Bahrain has sent Covid-19 ‘care packages’ with essentials and medical supplies to its citizens studying abroad, the government has announced.

In a statement, Bahrain’s government said that the boxes – sent directly by diplomatic missions in the UK and US – are designed to help at a time in which many stores around the world are experiencing shortages.

The boxes include items such as pasta, canned foods, teabags and olive oil, as well as masks, gloves, hand sanitizers and basic medicine.

Each box comes with a letter advising Bahraini nationals of the importance of taking “additional precautionary measures during this temporary period, for the safety and protection of everyone.”

“In case local markets witness food shortages, this package consists of some essential food items that have a long shelf life that should be kept in case of emergencies,” the letter added.

In the US, Bahrain’s embassy has contacted 136 universities across North America to assist students, in addition to publishing weekly reports offering information on the crisis.

Consular officials have also handled thousands of requests through an emergency hotline number, and purchased 71 tickets home for Bahraini nationals facing difficult circumstances.

To date, there have been 5,236 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Bahrain, including 8 fatalities. A total of 2,152 people have recovered from the disease.

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