Ran­dom PCR virus tests on ar­rivals

472 di­ag­nosed with COVID in Kuwait in past 24 hours

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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 8, (Agen­cies): Gen­eral Su­per­vi­sor for Health Ser­vices at the Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Dr Talal Al-Fad­hala, said be­tween Aug 1 and Aug 5, a to­tal of 2,563 pas­sen­gers ar­rived in Kuwait aboard 53 flights from dif­fer­ent des­ti­na­tions, re­ports Al-Seyas­sah daily.

He pointed out, 405 PCR tests were con­ducted ran­domly and on per­sons who were sus­pected of be­ing in­fected with the virus.

He added the pub­lic health sec­tor has pro­vided health em­ploy­ees and equipped clin­ics with all the needed ma­te­rial to ex­am­ine in­com­ing pas­sen­gers since the an­nounce­ment of the re­sump­tion of flights at Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port, adding the Min­istry of Health has held many suc­ces­sive meet­ings in co­op­er­a­tion with civil avi­a­tion and the rel­e­vant min­istries in the area of lo­gis­ti­cal needs.

He ex­plained the meet­ings re­sulted in the de­vel­op­ment of a guide­line for the re­turn of com­mer­cial op­er­a­tion at Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port for the first stage, and the pub­lic health sec­tor pro­vided trained spe­cial­ized health per­son­nel and in­tro­duced them to (know-how) the work mech­a­nism.

This is in ad­di­tion to pre­par­ing many clin­ics for PCR ex­am­i­na­tion at all air­port ter­mi­nals in pro­por­tion to the ex­pected num­ber or ar­rivals ac­cord­ing to the ap­proved work plan, and us­ing the ther­mal cam­eras to check all pas­sen­gers, pro­vid­ing of­fices for health reg­is­tra­tion, plac­ing in­struc­tion signs, and ad­her­ence to phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing.

Al-Fad­hala said mech­a­nism in­cludes the ac­ti­va­tion of the ‘Shlonak’ ap­pli­ca­tion to oblige and en­sure the in-com­ing pas­sen­gers ad­here to quar­an­tine pe­riod

472 di­ag­nosed with COVID

Up to 472 peo­ple tested pos­i­tive for the novel coro­n­avirus (COVID-19) in Kuwait in past 24 hours, of­fi­cial spokesper­son of the Min­istry of Health (MoH) Dr Ab­dul­lah Al-Sanad an­nounced.

Dr Al-Sanad said the caseload of in­fec­tions rose to 71,199. Mean­while, there were three new deaths with the mor­tal­ity toll reach­ing 474. The in­fec­tion cases in­cluded 320 Kuwaiti cit­i­zens and 152 ex­pa­tri­ates. The new in­fec­tions were recorded in the health zones as fol­low­ing: 112 in Al-Jahraa, 104 in Al-Ah­madi, 96 in Al-Far­waniya, 87 in Al-As­simah and 73 in Hawally.

Num­ber of pa­tients who con­tinue to re­ceive med­i­cal care in in­ten­sive care units stands at 125 with the whole count of those who con­tinue to re­ceive con­ven­tional med­i­cal care stands at 7,919.

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