Kuwait: 6th in Middle East and 38th in world for no. of swab tests for Covid-19
As Kuwait enters its seventh month since the first COVID-19 case was detected, the small Gulf country ranks sixth in the Middle East and 38 in the world in terms of number of swabs per capita, reports say.
According to the Ministry of Health, Kuwait has performed 626,041 swabs, with an average of around 3,000 swabs per day.
Kuwait on Thursday registered 900 new cases of Covid-19 in last 24 hours. The total number of cases increased to 87,378 and the death toll reaches 536 with 1 new fatality with 1 new fatality.
In the beginning of the pandemic, swabs were only being done by governmental hospitals and at special testing centers. Today, testing has become widely available from governmental hospitals to private clinics. In addition, home swabs are also available, although at a higher price.
With a population of around 4.3 million people, Kuwait has surpassed China, as of August 31 by 61 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Currently, Kuwait ranks third in the Gulf and Arab world and seventh in the world in the number of confirmed cases per one million people.
The highest number of infections were in May, as there were a total of 23,019 confirmed cases. The number of confirmed cases went down in August to a total of 18,152 cases. As for the death rate, Kuwait ranks second in the Middle East and 48 in the world in terms of numbers of death per one million people.