Coronavirus: Kuwait confirms 991 new cases, Total 10,277

Infection tally rises to 10,277

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Coronavirus: Kuwait confirms 991 new cases, Total 10,277

Kuwait reported 991 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday and a further fatality at the hands of the COVID-19 virus.

The Health Ministry also reported 10 more deaths from COVID-19, taking to 75 the total such fatalities in Kuwait.

New cases are all of those who came in contact and are under investigation 138 of Kuwaitis, 300 of Indians, 222 of Egyptian, 118 Bangladeshis and the rest of the cases are of other nationalities.

The Ministry of Health said 128 residential buildings that were quarantined due to the coronavirus, more than a thousand people were found infected with the virus in those buildings.

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A further 194 patients have recovered from coronavirus, bringing the total recoveries in #Kuwait to 3,101.

Repatriation of Kuwaiti nationals from Saudi Arabia through the land checkpoint Al-Nuwaiseeb begins today, at least 400 citizens expected to enter each day.

Kuwait imposes a total curfew in the country till May 30 to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. People in Kuwait have been told to follow curfew restrictions and abide by the health authority instructions.

Coronavirus cases have increased due to the failure to abide by social distancing, Minister of Health, Sheikh Dr. Basel Al-Sabah said. But the health situation, he added, was under control and “the number of infections is expected to decline after the implementation of the full curfew in the country.”

During the curfew, public sectors will work remotely and private sector activities, excluding vital ones, will be suspended. 

All banks will be closed, but will continue to provide services electronically.

Essential sectors like health, security, electricity, oil and municipal services, as well as private sector companies providing vital services like maintenance will be exempt from the curfew, Interior Minister Anas al-Saleh said.

Cooperatives and grocery stores will remain open during the curfew. People will have to book an appointment in advance and one person from each family will be allowed out for shopping.

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Once total curfew begins everyone is permitted to walk in their own residential area without the use of an vehicle from 4:30 to 6:30.

Kuwait said that there will be a gradual opening keeping in view of precautionary measures after the period of a total lockdown.