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KUWAIT, May 10, (Agencies): Kuwait’s Cabinet decided on Monday that the partial curfew, imposed across the country to combat the spread of COVID-19, will be lifted on the first day of Eid Al-Fitr. The decision will take into effect as of 1:00 am, Government Communication Center head Tariq Al-Mezrim said at a press conference.

Government Communication Center head Tariq Al-Mezrim

Meanwhile, all commercial establishments will be ordered to shut from 8:00 pm until 5:00 am, the next day. Pharmacies, supermarkets, healthcare providers, restaurants, cafes and maintenance services are excluded from the decision, until further notice.

The Cabinet’s decision to permit cinemas and theaters to open in Eid will only allow the entry of people who have been vaccinated. Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to receive orders but only for takeaways at their doorstep, he added. With regard to the physical attendance of employees at public and privately-run workplaces, he said that the ratio should not exceed 60 percent. This decision will take effect from Monday, May 17, until further notice, following the Eid holiday, he said, with any later increase to this number to be decided by the Civil Service Commission.

Separately, the Cabinet barred direct commercial flights, until further notice, with Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, with the exception of cargo planes. The nationals of these four South Asian countries will also be denied entry into Kuwait, regardless of whether their arrival is on a direct or transit flight unless they have spent 14 days in a third country before heading for Kuwait, this decision stands until further notice.

 

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An official source at the British embassy said the United Kingdom has not changed Kuwait’s status on the list of countries which can enter the UK directly by adhering to the health conditions. In response to a question the Al-Seyassah daily if Kuwait has moved from the ‘yellow’ to another list recently, the source clarified saying this has not happened since the time the lists were announced. The source said some countries have been placed on the ‘red’ list but Kuwait continues to be on the yellow list. The source added Kuwaitis and those holding visas of all kinds are still permitted to enter Britain directly but they are subjected to 10-day quarantine period which is at the expense of the traveler, provided they produce a negative PCR certificate and perform two more checks on the second and eighth day of entry into Britain.

 

The source said Britain welcomes Kuwaitis and residents in light of the continued issuance of visas and not being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, pointing out that operating the flights is in the hands of the Kuwaiti health authorities, and that Britain does not mind direct flights to and from Kuwait, and the embassy has no say in this matter. The Cabinet has approved the request of the Ministry of Health to exclude doctors and nursing staff from preventive health measures when they return to the country after handling over patients to countries designated for their treatment abroad reports Al-Anba daily The request, a copy of which has been obtained by the daily, stated that the request was for exempting them from taking swabs through Traveler application.

Source: Arab Times

 

KUWAIT CITY, May 10: Government Communication Center head Tariq Al-Mezrim on Monday declared the approval of performing the Eid al-Fitr prayer provided that it will not exceed 15 minutes. Speaking at a videoconference following the Cabinet meeting, Al-Mezrim said that a number of outdoor prayer places and more than 1,500 mosques would be prepared for the Eid prayer, with abiding by health measures.

He noted that the Cabinet listened to a presentation of Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Issa Al-Kandari on readiness of the mosques, pointing to coordination between the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs in this regard. He pointed out that Kuwait is planning to return to normal life gradually, calling for abidance by health measures and working together to combat the coronavirus to return to normal life as soon as possible. He expressed thanks and appreciation of the Cabinet to all citizens and expats for adherence to measures during the partial curfew, which will be lifted as of the first day of Eid al-Fitr

KUWAIT CITY The Information Systems Department of the Ministry of Health has launched the “IMMUNE” app for viewing and downloading COVID-19 vaccination certificates, reports Aljarida daily. On its Twitter account, the ministry affirmed that it is possible through this app to download vaccination certificates and view the vaccination status of vaccine recipients using the following links -IOS download – https:// apps.apple.com/us/app/immune. Google Play Store download https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mohkuwait.immune

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health completed the vaccination of the local media body against ‘Corona’, reports Al-Jarida daily. The daily said a comprehensive campaign was organized to vaccinate workers in all government and private media institutions. The workers in this sector received vaccinations at the Mishref Fairgrounds which witnessed a remarkable demand for vaccination. The health sources told the daily that the vaccinations of the media people comprised those who had not been vaccinated. The sources added, the ministry is continuing efforts to expand vaccinating segments and groups with various jobs, and that the next few days will witness the vaccination of factory workers, food companies and restaurants.

 

 

 

KUWAIT CITY, May 8: The Director of the Information Systems Department at the Ministry of Health, Eng. Ahmad Al-Gharib, revealed that the ‘Mana’a’ (Immune ) application will be updated within the next few days to activate the digital vaccination certificate and will include most of the information related to travel inside and outside the country such as vaccination certificates and PCR swabs.

 In a press conference, Al-Gharib said once a person receives the second dose of the vaccine or gets the first dose after infection, he/she can obtain a digital certificate of vaccination through an immune application, and this certificate will remain in ‘red’ for 14 days after receiving the vaccine, and then it will be listed in the green box. He explained there are some people whose certificates are listed in the application under ‘green’ despite not being infected with the virus or have received the second dose, and they are the people who received the first dose more than five weeks ago but they have not been issued a vaccine certificate.
 

Al-Gharib pointed out that the application ‘Immune’ will be activated internationally during the next week, so that the new data and information will be added within the application to reduce manipulation or forgery, as the swabs and vaccination certificates will be added with the addition of the batch number that the person received from the vaccine, the site, and the passport number as well. The Supervisor of Information Management Systems Development and the Center for Technological Advancement, Musaed Al-Huwaishel, indicated the activation and updating of the Mana’a (Immune) application will facilitate the travel, students and others, so that they do not have an obstacle either in leaving or entering the country, noting the importance of the application to facilitate the movement of residents and not to be subjected to quarantine.

 

By Marwa Al-Bahrawi Al-Seyassah Staff

Source: Arab Times

 

KUWAIT CITY, May 8: According to official sources from Kuwait International Airport, five new destinations have been added to the “Bil Salama” platform for facilitating the return of domestic workers (Article 20 visa holders) to the State of Kuwait from five different cities, reports Al-Qabas daily. They said sponsors and travel offices can book packages with flight tickets for the return of domestic workers from Addis Ababa, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.

The sources indicated that the instructions issued recently by the health authorities to stop the entry of passengers from India into Kuwait, except after they stay for a period of 14 days in a transit country that is not banned, open the way for the return of domestic workers from multiple destinations without being restricted to their countries but with the implementation of health requirements. They highlighted that the “Bil Salama” platform, established by the National Aviation Services Company (NAS), is concerned with providing direct flights to Kuwait at a fixed price that is not subject to increase or decrease, three PCR tests, meals and equipped locations for institutional quarantine before handling the domestic workers to their sponsors.

KUWAIT CITY, May 1: The consumption of Larica pills is crime and punishable by law unless it has been prescribed by the medical doctor. A security source told the daily, the Ministry of Health has issued a decision to include Larica pills among the psychotropic substances, and therefore anyone caught in possession of these pills would be referred to Prosecution.

According to a security source, some youth groups of both sexes tend to use these pills frequently and their use has been widespread, which prompted the Ministry of Interior to address the Ministry of Health to include Larica as a psychotropic substance so that the use of Larica can be controlled since the drug falls in the category of narcotic pills. The source indicated that these pills, due to their misuse, have become a threat to young men and women, because it affects the ‘mood’. However, these pills pose a danger to them and their health, due to their misuse and without prescriptions for their use.

By Munif Nayef Al-Seyassah Staff

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, May 1: With the acceleration of the coronavirus vaccination campaign in the country, the number of vaccinated individuals is expected to increase to two million by the end of June or early July at the latest, reports Al-Rai daily quoting reliable sources. While affirming that the country will continue monitoring the vaccination rate daily, sources revealed the Pfizer vaccine shipments arrive weekly and the third shipment of Oxford vaccine is expected to arrive next month. Sources also confirmed the completion of a study on extending the interval between the first and second doses according to the latest research and global recommendations in this regard.

The specified interval in Kuwait is 21 days for Pfizer vaccine and three months for Oxford vaccine. The interval is not fixed or the same in all countries, sources explained. In a related development, sources said the Ministry of Health has obtained approval for booster vaccine requests from the regulatory authorities, including the request for two million doses of Pfizer vaccine, while the request for Moderna vaccine is still under study.

 

The Ministry of Health is racing against time to raise the rates of vaccination in ministries, government institutions and various commercial markets. To this end, the Ministry of Health has vaccinated about 1,500 media men and employees of local Kuwaiti newspapers recently, while it is currently continuing its efforts to vaccinate workers in various government departments to raise the employee attendance rates.

Well-informed health sources confirmed to Al-Seyassah daily that the efforts of the Ministry of Health this week paid dividends in terms of vaccinating a large number of people – about 100,000 during the past five days, with an average of 20,000 daily, distributed among all vaccination centers, hospital units and centers in health areas, albeit the biggest share is attributed to the main vaccination center in Mishref which has vaccinated more than 70 percent of all the vaccinated people. Health sources said Kuwait has succeeded in vaccinating about 1,165,000 people so far, at 27.25 percent of the population, which is an acceptable rate in light of the shortage of vaccines, which is a problem that many countries around the world suffer from.

For his part, the Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Vaccination against Covid 19 Dr. Khaled Al-Jarallah, spoke of the ministry’s efforts to raise the rate of immunization in government departments. Al-Jarallah said on his Twitter account that the national vaccination campaign aims to speed up work to raise the employees attendance in government departments to achieve community immunity, stressing that effective vaccines, dosing stages, distribution of vaccination sites and stability of supply will increase the frequency of vaccination and the stages of returning to normal life. Al-Jarallah warned that laxity in adhering to preventive precautions prolongs the duration of the crisis and its repercussions.

 

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He highlighted the importance of immunization in preventing the spread of infection, as it is the way to return to openness and curb epidemic waves, noting that a recent study conducted by the British Public Health confirmed that receiving only one dose of the Pfizer or Oxford vaccine works to reduce contact infection by nearly half. He pointed out that the results of these studies, in addition to previous indications of the effectiveness of vaccination in reducing the rate of disease injuries, clinical work and deaths, all confirm the importance of vaccination and community immunization against Covid-19.

A member of the Supreme Committee for Vaccination, Dr. Khaled Al-Saeed said the country’s infrastructure can vaccinate a million people within one month only, provided that adequate vaccines are available, stressing that the Ministry of Health has the privileges and medical and technical competencies that can cross the mark if vaccines are available. Al-Saeed pointed out in his Twitter account that the Ministry of Health has contracted millions of doses to reach the required societal immunity, but the supply is limited at present, and this may explain the inability of private medical institutions to supply vaccines so far due to the difficulty of providing them worldwide. He pointed out that many countries were affected by the lack of supplies of vaccines, and the European Union even filed a lawsuit against AstraZeneca due to the delay in supplying the vaccine.

Meanwhile, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Mustafa Reda, has restored the work of the specialized medical committees in public hospitals and specialized centers. Dr Rida was circulated to the directors of health districts, hospitals, the administration of treatment abroad and heads of medical departments to return these committees according to the controls established in their regard and specified in Ministerial Resolution No. 169 of 2019 regarding the regulation of treatment abroad, based on the Ministry’s keenness to regulate the workflow. The Ministry of Health is considering the possibility of administering the COVID-19 vaccine to pregnant women in the coming weeks, reports Aljarida daily quoting informed sources from the health sector. They explained that this move comes in the wake of medical studies and research that have proven the safety of the vaccine for pregnant and lactating women. A study was conducted on about 36,000 pregnant women in the United States who received the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, No problems related to health safety were observed.

By Marwa Al-Bahrawi Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

Source: Arab Times

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