COVID-19: Kuwait warns against gatherings during holidays as infections rise

Cairo: Kuwaiti authorities have warned against violating rules including a ban on gatherings and celebrations during the national holiday as the country seeks to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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A four-day holiday has been announced for marking Kuwait’s National Day and the Liberation Day starting February 25.

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Chief of the Interior Ministry’s Security Media Department, Brig. Tawhid Al Kandari, said that the law will be firmly enforced on violators of decisions recently taken by the government that close all commercial activities daily from 8pm to 5am and prohibit all gatherings including national celebrations to limit the spread of coronavirus.

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Security squads will crack down on peddling fireworks that are outlawed under the law, he added.

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“The security establishment is determined to do its duties to protect safety and security of citizens and foreign residents as well as to prevent the spread of the virus,” Al Kandari said, according to Al Jarida newspaper.

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He urged the public to report to authorities any gatherings, national day celebrations or peddling in fireworks.

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Surge in cases

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Kuwait has recently experienced a surge in COVID-19 cases, recording so far a tally of 181,484 cases and 1,027 related fatalities.

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The situation has prompted authorities to impose a string of restrictions, including a temporary ban on the entry of non-Kuwaitis to the country.

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Starting from February 21, authorities will enforce mandatory seven-day hotel quarantine to all travellers – citizens and foreigners – arriving in Kuwait at their expense. All passengers must book their hotel stay via the Kuwait Mosafer app prior to their arrival in the country.

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Upon the end of the institutional quarantine period, passengers will have to undergo domestic quarantine for seven more days.

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