The State of Kuwait has not reached the safe zone yet
His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah on Tuesday stressed on necessity of ongoing cooperation between the Government and the National Assembly for maintaining health guidelines and placing public health above all considerations.
His Highness the prime minister, in his address to the legislators, urged them to tackle and discuss matters quickly and set an example “to those whom we have imposed on a curfew and remained in their houses for 20 days.” “The State of Kuwait has not reached the safe zone in facing the coronavirus yet,” he declared, confirming health authorities’ statistics that the infection cases reached some 36,958 and deaths nearly 303.
Intensive care wards are occupied by 44 % and this should be taken into consideration and pursue the work with the same spirit in the coming period, Sheikh Sabah Khaled added.
The Prime Minister attributed large numbers of coronavirus infections among citizens to non-abidance by the health regulations. He further noted the government deep concern with the recent hike of infections among the citizens and re-stressed on the necessity of cooperation between the government and the parliament.
His Highness the prime minister, addressing a regular parliament session, indicated that he had addressed a message to the assembly requesting presentation of the government stance toward the issue of holding parliamentary sessions, in light of the efforts against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The message was addressed, he noted, with aim of maintaining the cooperation, adhering to the health instructions .. “for public health comes first and if there is no possibility to hold the National Assembly sessions virtually, there should be special sessions, along with specifying the topics (to be examined) as well as the duration to accomplish what is required in a matter of two to three hours.” His Highness the prime minister re-emphasized necessity to hold the sessions in shortest possible time, along with compliance by the health directions so that the National Assembly and the Government present themselves as an example to be followed ..” “Let me be frank, I am currently focusing on the number of beds available at the hospitals for those infected as well as those in the intensive care (wards) and the breathing apparatuses,” he said, also noting his special attention to maintaining sufficient medical teams, doctors and nurses and passing the crisis with the least possible damage.”
On Tuesday, The Ministry of Health announced, 527 new infections of the coronavirus (COVID-19), raising the total to 36,958. Deaths reached 303 with the addition of 5 fatalities. All the new cases were in contact with previously infected people or are being investigated for sources of infection, the Health Ministry’s spokesman Dr. Abdullah Al Sanad said in a media update.
Kuwait statistics showed that 9533 cases of coronavirus were among the Indian community out of 36,958 total cases in the country, followed by 9436 Kuwaiti citizens, 5842 Egyptian residents and 3934, Bangladesh residents.
Meanwhile, State Minister for Services and National Assembly Affairs Mubarak Al-Harees suspended three officials in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and formed a committee headed by the Fatwa and Legislation Department to pursue an investigation into these officials’ involvement for allegedly causing the country an estimated loss of millions in Kuwaiti dinars by failing to perform their duties.
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.