A Covid-19 patient being treated at MRC alongside 31 others has absconded, the ministry of health said on Friday as it confirmed the discovery of 95 new cases of coronavirus.

The ministry said in its 109th national situation report: “Ninety-five new cases registered, the highest reported thus far in a single day, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases ever confirmed in the country to 498 cases.

“A significant proportion of these resulted from the mass institutional tests conducted on staff of MRC and Sharab Medical Center

“Only a soupçon of the new cases were imported – the bulk of the cases were locally transmitted

“One COVID-19 patient, out of the 32 active cases being managed at MRC’s (Fajara) isolation center, has absconded.”