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KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait’s Min­istry of Health said Thurs­day 552 peo­ple tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus while two per­sons died of the pan­demic in the past 24 hours.

Min­istry spokesman Dr Ab­dul­lah AlSanad, in a state­ment to KUNA, said to­tal reg­is­tered cases reached 101,851 while deaths topped 592.

He said dis­tri­bu­tion of cases in health ar­eas was: 154 in Hawally, 128 in Ah­madi, 113 in the Cap­i­tal, 95 in Far­waniya and 62 in Jahra. (KUNA)

KUWAIT CITY: Aus­tria’s Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs said Vi­enna has is­sued travel instructio­ns re­lated to the COVID-19 out­break and banned travel to coun­tries and re­gions in­clud­ing Bahrain and Kuwait, re­ports Al-Rai daily.

The min­istry added in a state­ment on the list is also the Czech cap­i­tal Prague and re­gions in France in­clud­ing Paris and the French Riviera, while lift­ing the travel ban to Swe­den which re­mained on the ban list for a long time.

The travel warn­ing also in­cludes An­dorra, Ar­gentina, Costa Rica, Is­rael and the Mal­dives, and Lis­bon, the north­ern re­gion of Por­tu­gal.

KUWAIT CITY: The Cen­tral Bank of Kuwait has af­firmed sup­port for the crim­i­nal­iza­tion of any­thing that would af­fect the value of the na­tional cur­rency and un­der­mine con­fi­dence in the na­tional econ­omy, stress­ing the need to open the way for non-spe­cial­ists to ex­press opin­ion and pub­lish analysis and news in this re­gard, re­ports Al-Jarida daily.

Gov­er­nor of the Cen­tral Bank Dr Mo­ham­mad Al-Hashel, in a let­ter to the Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion Mo­ham­mad Al-Jabri, said the re­port of the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee on Cul­ture, Ed­u­ca­tion and Guid­ance Af­fairs, dated Jan 20, stated he does not mind lift­ing the ban on pub­li­ca­tion of bank­rupt mer­chants, com­mer­cial com­pa­nies, banks and money chang­ers.

VI­ENNA: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been elected to serve on the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency’s (IAEA) 35-na­tion Board of Gov­er­nors for the next two years.

Amid an elec­tion process dur­ing an an­nual meet­ing of the IAEA’s gen­eral con­fer­ence on Thurs­day, 89 votes out of a to­tal of 116 came in fa­vor of UAE mem­ber­ship, while 25 mem­bers ab­stained, ac­cord­ing to elec­tion re­sults. (KUNA)

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