Kuwait suspends domestic workers employment to counter coronavirus spread

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Kuwait suspends domestic workers employment to counter coronavirus spread

Kuwait suspends domestic workers employment to counter coronavirus spread

Kuwait on Wednesday suspended the employment of hourly-paid domestic workers as part of nationwide measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Major General Talal Marafi, the Interior Ministry’s assistant secretary for residency affairs, said this sector of the working force had a bigger chance of contracting the virus or helping to spread it due to the nature of their work.

Kuwait’s Health Minister Dr Basel Al-Sabah also issued a number of decrees on Wednesday to ban different types of social gatherings including weddings and feasts.

The decrees, cited by Kuwait News Agency, prevents large non-family gatherings and receptions. Public and private diwaniyas (gathering halls) are also included in the new measures, it added.

KUNA said the police will be tasked to enforce the decrees in accordance with laws connected with the prevention of disease.

Twelve new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Kuwait, bringing the total number of infections to 142.

Out of the 142, 15 cases had recovered and 127 are still receiving treatment. There are currently four cases still in intensive care, with one stable and three in a critical condition.

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