Kuwait’s Health And Financial Situation is Good
His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah asserted on Wednesday that the health situation in the country is stable and reassuring, provided that people continue to abide by guidelines. He affirmed that Kuwait’s financial situation is excellent, but the economy needs a major change in its structure.
His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled In a press interview at Seif Palace, that “a vaccine for the coronavirus pandemic is not yet available, and therefore this disease will continue, but for how long, or how spread is all subject to expectations.”
The premier explained, “we must adhere to health guidelines and provide all what they need to face the pandemic, those who work in hospitals, intensive care units, respiratory equipment, and protective clothing for the medical staff and all those facing danger in all our institutions.”
His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled stated that the challenge is great and enormous, and the determination of the Kuwaiti people is also great, which gave us hope that the continuation of this patriotic spirit, which was manifested in difficult circumstances, would reduce the damage to overcome this epidemic with the least possible damage.
His Highness pointed out the importance of the meeting today, which coincides with the entry of the first phase to return to normal life since Coronavirus crisis started fourth months ago, adding that we entered the fourth day of the plan to gradually return to life, which will be completed in its five stages.
Through its financial soundness, ability and network of relationships, has been able to provide all the needs for the country, and to provide the adequate health, pharmaceutical and preventive stocks needed for everyone. Sheikh Sabah added, “we must provide everything that citizens and residents need,” pointing out that the implementing health guidelines in collaboration with other authorities was a difficult equation, but it is necessary to work on achieving the result needed.
He added that this health crisis made the whole world in chaos during the past three months and its effects, and repercussions extended to all sectors in the world.
His Highness expressed his happiness at this meeting, pointing out that it was planned according to his first press meeting as Prime Minister at the beginning of last December that the frequency of these meetings be regular, but the current circumstances prevented him from doing what was planned, stressing that this will be compensated in the future. He reiterated thanks and appreciation to all those who contributed and volunteered to work challenging the risks during the past months.
Kuwaiti individuals and institutions put their capabilities at the disposal of the government to manage the crisis, which helped us to have multiple options. The government, at the beginning of the crisis, activated the emergency plan, as 120 beds were allocated to intensive care, and it worked during the last period to increase the capacity of intensive care to currently allocate 600 beds of intensive care, which is five times bigger than what we had, in addition to equipping hospitals and expanding their wards to receive the infected.
His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled the premier praised efforts of government agencies, including the oil sector, the Kuwaiti army, the National Guard, and all who helped build and organize the establishment of field hospitals, expressing at the same time his sincere thanks and appreciation to all government agencies, civil society institutions and the private sector who participated and supported the government in facing the repercussions of this epidemic.
Sheikh Sabah also praised the efforts exerted by employees of the Ministry of Interior, men and women, for their efforts and hard work during the past three months, in addition to the services provided by the General Fire Department to support various sectors.
During his meeting, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled said: “we cannot rely on one depleted resource, which is oil, because this is difficult, and we must diversify the sources of income in the country.”
“The repercussions of the coronavirus caused a huge collapse in oil prices from USD 65 to USD 11, and Kuwait was investing all of its money and portfolios in world markets, but we had fenders that absorbed as a result of planning to cope with any crisis,” he added.
Kuwait on Wednesday, reported 710 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, taking to 29359 its infection tally, the Health Ministry said. The Health Ministry also reported 4 more deaths from COVID-19, taking to 230 the total such fatalities in Kuwait.
More than 6.39 million people have been reported infected with the new coronavirus globally and 379,433 have died. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries since the first cases were identified in China last December.
Kuwait Ministry of Interior stated that the residents of the isolated areas are allowed to leave their homes, within the curfew area only but are not allowed to go out of their area even with curfew permit. The partial curfew in Kuwait will be from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am.
Kuwait government decides to change the total curfew to a partial curfew. The health minister said easing the curfew will be among the first phase in a 5-phases plan, each to last at least 3 weeks, to go back to normal life.