Coro­n­avirus in Kuwait: What we know so far

Kuwait Times - - Local -

KUWAIT: Kuwait has so far recorded 317 cases in­fected with the novel coro­n­avirus (COVID-19). With the ex­cep­tion of 14 cases in in­ten­sive care, all cases are in sta­ble con­di­tion and are re­cov­er­ing in quar­an­tined lo­ca­tions des­ig­nated by the govern­ment for this pur­pose, while 911 have been dis­charged from quar­an­tine af­ter ex­hibit­ing no symp­toms dur­ing their 14-day quar­an­tine pe­riod, the Min­istry of Health con­firmed. Mean­while, 80 peo­ple have re­cov­ered com­pletely af­ter pre­vi­ously be­ing in­fected with the virus, the min­istry said. There are 237 peo­ple re­ceiv­ing treat­ment and 2,466 quar­an­tined as of yes­ter­day. Kuwait is tak­ing mea­sures to test Kuwaitis com­ing from in­fected ar­eas for po­ten­tial in­fec­tion, as it has al­ready tested thou­sands of peo­ple. Mean­while, Kuwait re­quires all ex­pa­tri­ates who ar­rived from travel on March 1 and be­yond to visit Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Fair­ground where the Min­istry of Health has set up a cen­ter at Hall 6 to test peo­ple for pos­si­ble in­fec­tion.

Cur­few

Kuwait en­forced a coun­try-wide cur­few from 5:00 pm to 4:00 am un­til fur­ther no­tice. Ear­lier, the govern­ment de­cided to close all shop­ping malls, beauty sa­lons and bar­ber shops as part of its mea­sures to pre­vent the spread of the coro­n­avirus. The govern­ment also al­lowed restau­rants to host a max­i­mum of five peo­ple at a time and in case there are lines, the dis­tance must be at least one me­ter be­tween peo­ple.

Op­er­at­ing busi­nesses

The fol­low­ing ac­tiv­i­ties are al­lowed to op­er­ate out­side of the cur­few pe­riod be­tween 5:00 am and 4:00 pm:

1- Var­i­ous types of food­stuff and sup­plies stores an mar­kets.

2- Laun­dro­mats.

3- Var­i­ous type of re­pair shops.

4- Au­to­mo­bile re­pair, main­te­nance and spare parts. 5- Money ex­chang­ers.

6- Phar­ma­cies.

7- Var­i­ous types of restau­rants.

8- Op­ti­cal shops.

9- Ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices.

10- Cooking gas branches.

11- Co-ops’ fam­ily needs branches.

12- Feed shops.

Mean­while, the fol­low­ing in­dus­trial and craft ac­tiv­i­ties, which are li­censed by the Pub­lic Author­ity for In­dus­try (PAI), are al­lowed to open:

1- Food.

2- Petrochemi­cals.

3- Gases.

4- Plas­tic.

5- Card­board and pa­per.

Pre­cau­tions

All ar­rivals to Kuwait from all coun­tries are to be placed un­der com­pul­sory in­sti­tu­tional quar­an­tine for 14 days, dur­ing which the per­son is mon­i­tored, and pre­scribed health pro­ce­dures are ap­plied, the health min­istry said. Kuwait halted all com­mer­cial flights un­til fur­ther no­tice. Au­thor­i­ties also an­nounced a pub­lic hol­i­day in the coun­try from March 12 to April 9, with work re­sum­ing on April 12, while en­ti­ties pro­vid­ing vi­tal ser­vices will re­main open.

State de­part­ments have been on high alert to take pre­cau­tions against the po­ten­tial spread of the virus. The Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try has taken mea­sures to make sure that fa­cial masks, hand san­i­tiz­ers and other goods re­main ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic. Mean­while, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has sus­pended classes for March at all pub­lic and pri­vate schools (for both stu­dents and teach­ing staffs); first from March 1 to March 12, and later ex­tended it un­til March 29, be­fore even­tu­ally sus­pend­ing schools un­til Au­gust for grade 12 and Oc­to­ber for other stages. Kuwait sus­pended is­su­ing en­try per­mits and visas un­less those is­sued through diplo­matic mis­sions.

Hot­lines

- The Min­istry of Health has set the fol­low­ing hot­lines to re­ceive in­quiries about the coro­n­avirus 24/7: 24970967 - 96049698 - 99048619.

- The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry set the fol­low­ing hot­lines to re­ceive in­quiries on school clo­sures re­lated to the anti-coro­n­avirus mea­sures:

- 24970967 (24/7 hot­line)

- 51575591 (Cap­i­tal Ed­u­ca­tional Zone)

- 51576117 (Hawally Ed­u­ca­tional Zone)

- 51576576 (Far­waniya Ed­u­ca­tional Zone) - 51577055 (Jahra Ed­u­ca­tional Zone)

- 51577655 (Ah­madi Ed­u­ca­tional Zone)

- 51577951 (Mubarak Al-Kabeer Ed­u­ca­tional Zone) - 51578171 (Re­li­gious Stud­ies Depart­ment) - 51588599 (Pri­vate Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment) - 51592515 (Ser­vices Depart­ment)

- 51594544 (Pub­lic Re­la­tions Depart­ment)

Medicine de­liv­ery

Kuwait’s Min­istry of Health (MOH) launched a new medicine de­liv­ery ser­vice for peo­ple in Kuwait, which they can use to or­der med­i­ca­tions to be de­liv­ered dur­ing cur­few hours. The med­i­ca­tions will be de­liv­ered within 72 hours af­ter the or­der is sub­mit­ted. To place an or­der, pa­tients should send a What­sApp to the num­bers for the hos­pi­tals and med­i­cal cen­ters as listed be­low. The pa­tient should in­clude their name, Civil ID num­ber, hos­pi­tal or clinic file num­ber, mo­bile phone num­ber and the medicine needed to the fol­low­ing num­bers:

- Amiri Hos­pi­tal: 50880699

- Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hos­pi­tal: 50880755 - Far­waniya Hos­pi­tal: 50880852

- Adan Hos­pi­tal: 50880908

- Jahra Hos­pi­tal: 50881066

- Sabah Hos­pi­tal: 97632660

- Jaber Hos­pi­tal: 96992079

- Ibn Sina Hos­pi­tal: 99613948

- Chest Hos­pi­tal: 99258749

- Razi Hos­pi­tal: 97633487

- Kuwait Cancer Con­trol Cen­ter: 96735242 - Psy­chi­atric Hos­pi­tal: 97350113

- Phys­io­ther­apy Hos­pi­tal: 99824037

- Ma­ter­nity Hos­pi­tal: 98559531

- As’ad Al-Ha­mad Der­ma­tol­ogy Cen­ter: 98514508 - Zain Hos­pi­tal: 97552031

- NBK Hos­pi­tal: 96931761

- Al-Rashed Al­lergy Hos­pi­tal: 94162470 - In­fec­tious Dis­eases Hos­pi­tal: 96989164 - Pal­lia­tive Care Hos­pi­tal: 94024786

- Sabah Al-Ah­mad Urol­ogy Cen­ter: 90952469 - KFH Ad­dic­tion Treat­ment Cen­ter: 94169363

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