Manama: Bahrain Centre for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat) issued a report on the Gulf countries management of coronavirus crisis, by Director of the Strategic and International Studies Programme Dr. Ashraf Mohammed Keshk.
The report shows how despite their wealth of experience in crises management, being located in an unstable region, the coronavirus crisis, which swept the world within weeks, posed a challenge to the Gulf countries at a higher degree than other countries for three reasons.
First, being neighbouring countries to Iran which was the main source of the virus outbreak in all the Gulf countries.
Secondly, the Gulf countries comprise a high number of expatriates which exceeds 13 million workers from around the world. They also witness a daily travel movement of millions of people at their airports.
Thirdly, like other countries in the world, the crisis was surprising and of rapid nature besides being linked to the health sector. Although the crisis required collective efforts by all public institutions, the major burden was incurred by the health sector within the framework of confrontation mechanisms.
Source: Bahrain News Agency