Famous Kuwaiti actress calls for ban on expatriates
A famous Kuwaiti actress has sparked a furore by calling for expatriates to be expelled from the oil-rich nation, Dozens took to social media platforms on Wednesday to criticize Kuwaiti actress Hayat al-Fahad after she called for the expulsion of all expatriates to make room for citizens who might get infected with coronavirus on national television.
The 71-year-old actress, who is known across the region for starring in TV dramas said migrants in the country should leave because there will be “no hospitals” for Kuwaitis who may get the virus.
“Why, if their countries do not want them, should we deal with them? Aren’t people supposed to leave during crises?” she said.
“We are fed up. If we get sick, there are no hospitals (for us),” she said during a telephone interview on Tuesday.
One Twitter user expressed anger over the actress’ comments, saying in Arabic: “she spent her life acting but she could not act like a human.”
Kuwaiti designer Najeeba Hayat, who is currently quarantined in Jaber Hospital after she was infected with coronavirus, also took to Instagram to express her outrage at the comments made by both women.
“In my ward these past 18 days, all the doctors, all the nurses, and all the cleaners are not Kuwaiti, but are expatriate workers,” Hayat said.
Kuwait, where 70% of the population comprises of non-citizens, has reported 317 confirmed cases of coronavirus in both Kuwaitis and expatriates.
Kuwait adopted the strictest measures in the Gulf to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus by largely locking down the country.
Kuwait has also announced that it will treat coronavirus (COVID-19) patients including non-Kuwaitis, who account for nearly 70 percent of the population for free.