Bahrain opens second field hospital on man-made island May 05, 2020 0 127 12345 AfPManamaAfter turning a car park into an intensive care unit for coronavirus patients, Bahrain has set up its second field hospital -- on a man-made island.The facilities are among five that the authorities plan to build to add 500 critical care beds to its health sector in case of a spike in novel coronavirus.The new 154-bed field hospital, staffed by 55 doctors and 250 nurses, took 14 days to build and adjoins a quarantine camp.Its large white tents house rows of hospital beds as well as a laboratory, pharmacy and X-ray machines.Located off the Gulf state’s east coast, it is the first crisis facility set up far from a hospital.“This is done as a precautionary measure for COVID-19 patients in case they need to have ventilation and then ICU healthcare,” Dr Nayef Louri told reporters at the facility. Last month, Bahrain opened its first field hospital, converting a car park outside the Bahrain Defence Force Hospital near Manama into an intensive care unit with 130 beds.The Gulf country, whose population stands at 1.5 million, has recorded more than 3,300 cases of coronavirus, with eight deaths.Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al-Khalifa, commander of Bahrain Royal Medical Services, said most of the cases currently were among the community of foreign workers.Being in a low-risk group, few had required intensive care, he said.However, the other field hospitals on the drawing board would be rolled out if the current extra facilities reached 50 percent occupancy.“It is better to be safe than sorry,” he told reporters. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Iran reopens mosques, records almost 80,000 hospital recoveries May 05, 2020 0 433 Relief in Lagos as lockdown ends May 05, 2020 0 625 Assad warns of virus ‘catastrophe’ as Syria lockdown eases May 05, 2020 0 485 Kuwait breaks up ‘riot’ by Egyptian workers demanding repatriation Kuwait City Kuwaiti authorities dispersed a “riot” by Egyptian workers who demonstrated on Monday to demand repatriation amid the coronavirus crisis, state media said. Security forces intervened to halt “riots and .. Lebanon’s banned Hezbollah says not active in Germany AFP Beirut The head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement on Monday condemned Germany’s ban on his group as bowing to US pressure and insisted it was not active in the country. Germany designated Hezbollah a “Shiite terrorist .. Virus caused ‘mystery’ mass deaths in north Nigeria: investigators Kano Mass deaths in a northern Nigerian state were caused by coronavirus, the authorities said after a preliminary investigation into the phenomenon. Gravediggers in the state of Kano have reported burying dozens of .. South Africa starts virus trial of TB vaccine AFP Cape Town Hundreds of South African health workers were given a century-old tuberculosis vaccine on Monday in a trial to see whether the venerable formula can protect against coronavirus. Devised at France’s .. Sudan says US approves ambassador, first in two decades Khartoum Sudan announced on Monday that the United States had approved Khartoum’s pick of a veteran diplomat as ambassador to Washington, the first such envoy in over two decades. Ties between Khartoum and Washington .. Six killed as plane carrying medical supplies crashes in Somalia DPA Mogadishu Six people, including two pilots, were killed when a plane carrying medical supplies crashed in south-western Somalia on Monday, authorities said. “The cause of the accident is not yet known,” government ..