Coro­n­avirus in Kuwait: What we know so far

Kuwait Times - - Local -

KUWAIT: Kuwait has recorded 7,208 cases in­fected with the novel coro­n­avirus (COVID-19) as of Fri­day, in ad­di­tion to 47 deaths. With the ex­cep­tion of 90 cases in in­ten­sive care, all in­fected cases are in sta­ble con­di­tion and are re­cov­er­ing in quar­an­tined lo­ca­tions des­ig­nated by the gov­ern­ment for this pur­pose, while hun­dreds have been dis­charged from quar­an­tine af­ter ex­hibit­ing no symptoms dur­ing their 14-day quar­an­tine pe­riod, the Min­istry of Health con­firmed. Mean­while, 2,466 peo­ple have re­cov­ered com­pletely af­ter pre­vi­ously be­ing in­fected with the virus, while there are 4,695 peo­ple re­ceiv­ing treat­ment and 4,715 quar­an­tined. Kuwait is tak­ing mea­sures to test Kuwaitis com­ing from in­fected ar­eas for po­ten­tial in­fec­tion, as it has al­ready tested thou­sands of peo­ple.

Cur­few

Kuwait im­posed a to­tal cur­few from May 10 to May 30, al­low­ing room for peo­ple to walk out for daily ex­er­cise be­tween 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and to shop at co-ops once a week dur­ing the cur­few hours by mak­ing an ap­point­ment through www.moci.shop. Ear­lier, Kuwait en­forced a coun­try-wide par­tial cur­few from 5:00 pm to 6:00 am, which was later ex­tended to start from 4:00 pm un­til 8:00 am dur­ing Ra­madan, while al­low­ing restau­rants and food stores to make home de­liv­er­ies from 5:00 pm un­til 1:00 am.The gov­ern­ment also locked down Mah­boula and Jleeb Al-Shuy­oukh in a bid to con­tain the spread of the virus and en­able health work­ers to test in­hab­i­tants. 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 su­per­mar­kets, restau­rants and shops 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.The Min­istry of Com­merce launched a web­site (www.moci.shop) to en­able peo­ple to book ap­point­ments to shop at co-op­er­a­tive so­ci­eties in their ar­eas. The Pub­lic Author­ity for In­dus­try also an­nounced that com­pa­nies can ap­ply to evac­u­ate their work­ers from Jleeb Al-Shuy­oukh and Mah­boula. To do so, they must fill a ‘work­ers evac­u­a­tion form’ avail­able on www.pai.gov.kw, and send the form via email to: Jasiri@moh.gov.kw.

Pre­cau­tions

Kuwait halted all com­mer­cial flights un­til fur­ther no­tice, and has sent spe­cial flights to repa­tri­ate Kuwaitis back home from coun­tries af­fected with the virus’ spread. All ar­rivals to Kuwait from all coun­tries are to be placed un­der com­pul­sory quar­an­tine for 14 days, dur­ing which the per­son is mon­i­tored, and pre­scribed health pro­ce­dures are ap­plied, the health min­istry said. Kuwait had re­quired 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 to test peo­ple for pos­si­ble in­fec­tion. Mean­while, the Cabi­net an­nounced on April 9 the op­er­a­tion of all air­line flights for ex­pats who are wish­ing to re­turn back to their coun­tries. Au­thor­i­ties also an­nounced a pub­lic hol­i­day in the coun­try from March 12 to May 28, with work re­sum­ing on May 31, while en­ti­ties pro­vid­ing vi­tal ser­vices will re­main open. 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. 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.

Kuwait sus­pended is­su­ing en­try per­mits and visas un­less those is­sued through diplo­matic mis­sions.The In­te­rior Min­istry is­sued an amnesty al­low­ing res­i­dency vi­o­la­tors to leave the coun­try be­tween April 1 and April 30 without pay­ing any fines or air­fare with a chance to re­turn to Kuwait later. The amnesty was is­sued in view of the cir­cum­stances the coun­try is cur­rently go­ing through and as part of the pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures taken to fight the novel coro­n­avirus (COVID-19). Dur­ing the amnesty pe­riod, in­di­vid­u­als de­sir­ing to pro­cure valid res­i­den­cies in Kuwait and were will­ing to pay the fines without be­ing sub­jected to in­ves­ti­ga­tions were al­lowed to pay the fines and le­gal­ize their sta­tus if they

meet the re­quired con­di­tions.

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 Mean­while, all li­censed phar­ma­cies in Kuwait de­liv­er­ing medicine are al­lowed to con­tinue their ser­vices 24 hours a day.The Min­istry of Health is also ask­ing doc­tors and nurses af­fil­i­ated with the pri­vate medical sec­tor to vol­un­teer in order to con­trib­ute to the fight against the virus. Vol­un­teer­ing is avail­able through the link: http://vol­un­teer­ing.q8e­health.com. The min­istry had closed all pri­vate clin­ics and medical cen­ters ef­fec­tive March 22, 2020 un­til fur­ther no­tice.

Men­tal health as­sis­tance

The Kuwait Psy­cho­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (KPA) is pro­vid­ing con­sul­ta­tion through the phone for peo­ple suf­fer­ing from the psy­cho­log­i­cal im­pacts of coro­n­avirus. Dif­fer­ent doc­tors are work­ing on the hot­line in dif­fer­ent tim­ings as fol­lows:

Dr Rashed Al-Sahl: on Mon­day and Wed­nes­day 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Call 9797-6168.

Dr Fa­had Al-Tasha: daily from 8:00 pm - 12:00 am. Call 9904-8258.

Dr Oth­man Al-As­four: daily 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Call

9938-5350.

Dr Mo­hammed Al-Khaldi (head of this team): daily 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Call 9903-6470.

Dr Ah­mad Al-Khaldi: daily 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Call 9910-7965.

Dr Muneera Al-Qat­tan: Mon­day and Wed­nes­day 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Call 9953-3108.

Dr Zainab Al-Saf­far: Sun­day and Thurs­day 7:00 pm 9:00 pm. Call 9954-9908.

Dr Sameera Al-Kan­dari: Tues­day 9:00 pm - 12:00 am. Call 6770-9434.

Dr Kawthar Al-Yaqout: Mon­day and Wed­nes­day 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Call 5521-0088.

For in­for­ma­tion and other con­cerns, call 9401-4283.

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