Total lockdown in Kuwait possible as COVID-19 cases spike
There has been an alarming spike in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Kuwait.
Kuwait cabinet is expected to discuss the issue and possibly take a decision this weekend after specialists have recommended a two-week total lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus diseases.
The first confirmed case of the pandemic of coronavirus diseases (COVID-19) in Kuwait was announced on 24 February 2020.
Studies show that coronavirus is expected to reach its peak by the end of May and then begin a long decline.
Currently, Kuwait enforced a country-wide curfew from 5:00 pm to 6:00 am, which was later extended to start from 4:00 pm until 8:00 am during Ramadan, while allowing restaurants and food stores to make home deliveries from 5:00 pm until 1:00 am.
Kuwait government also locked down Mahboula and Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh in a bid to contain the spread of the virus and enable health workers to test inhabitants.
Kuwaiti authorities have repeatedly urged citizens to follow guidelines and instructions given by local entities and the World Health Organization, such as maintaining social distancing and home quarantine measures.
A global pandemic of the novel coronavirus is affecting virtually every country in the world since it first emerged in China in December.
Nearly 3 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the name given for the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, and over 207,000 have died, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.