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Pro­posal to quar­an­tine ar­riv­ing ex­pats in Kuwait in­stead of ‘no-ban’ coun­tries

‘Pre­cau­tions taken due to rise in in­fec­tions glob­ally’

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KUWAIT CITY, Sept 17: Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port Af­fairs, Di­rec­tor of En­gi­neer­ing De­part­ment at Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port, and Chair­man of the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee for Com­mer­cial Flights Restora­tion at the air­port En­gi­neer Saleh Al-Fadaghi says the cir­cu­lar is­sued pre­vi­ously to all air­lines op­er­at­ing at Kuwait In­ter­na­tional

Air­port re­gard­ing the ban on com­mer­cial flights to 34 coun­tries is still in ef­fect based on in­struc­tions of the health au­thor­i­ties, re­ports Al-Anba daily.

These af­fected coun­tries in­clude In­dia, Iran, China, Brazil, Colom­bia, Ar­me­nia, Bangladesh, the Philip­pines, Syria, Spain, Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Iraq, Mex­ico, In­done­sia, Chile, Pak­istan, Egypt, Le­banon, Hong Kong, Italy, North Mace­do­nia, Moldova, Panama, Peru, Ser­bia, Mon­tene­gro, Do­mini­can Repub­lic, Kosovo, Afghanista­n, France and Ar­gentina.

Al-Fadaghi af­firmed that trav­el­ers from any of the 34 pro­hib­ited coun­tries can stay for 14 days in any coun­try other than those pro­hib­ited, and then ob­tain a PCR cer­tifi­cate be­fore com­ing to Kuwait.

He in­di­cated about a pro­posal sub­mit­ted to the Min­istry of Health to place the ar­riv­ing pas­sen­gers un­der quar­an­tine in­side Kuwait in­stead of other coun­tries, adding that the minister is study­ing the pro­posal for ap­proval or re­jec­tion.

In a spe­cial state­ment, En­gi­neer Al-Fadaghi re­vealed that the preven­tion of the ar­rival of any trav­eler from these coun­tries to Kuwait is based on many readings by the Min­istry of Health, in­clud­ing rec­om­men­da­tions and statis­tics of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion and sever­ity of the spread of COVID-19 virus as well as the high num­ber of COVID-19 in­fected cases in these coun­tries.

Fur­ther­more, he stressed that only one per­son is allowed to en­ter the air­port and re­ceive their fam­ily who re­turn from abroad.

Al-Fadaghi ex­plained that the Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion (DGCA) and var­i­ous gov­ern­men­tal and pri­vate en­ti­ties have been work­ing round the clock since the COVID-19 pan­demic with­out stop­ping. There was an in­crease in the work­ing hours dur­ing the first days. Also, the cargo and evac­u­a­tion op­er­a­tions have been on­go­ing, and work has been pro­gress­ing based on the plan ap­proved by the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters, namely the com­mer­cial op­er­a­tion stage, at a rate of 30 per­cent.

He said, “As soon as a vac­cine for COVID-19 virus is dis­cov­ered, nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties will re­sume”.

 ?? KUNA photo ?? Kuwait Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety sets up tent camps to house flood vic­tims in Su­dan.
KUNA photo Kuwait Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety sets up tent camps to house flood vic­tims in Su­dan.

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