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Kuwait bans social gatherings after 982’s new COVID incident

Kuwait was told to leave Europe * Booster for over 50 people without reservation

Kuwait: The Cabinet announced yesterday that all indoor social gatherings will be suspended from January 9, 2022 to February 28, 2022, as cases of coronavirus increase in the country. The Cabinet has also decided from today that all passengers arriving in Kuwait must provide a negative PCR test performed 72 hours before arrival. Kuwait recorded 982 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, but health officials have not reported any new deaths. The number of ICU patients increased from 5 to 8, the number of patients in the COVID-19 ward increased from 27 to 35, and the number of active cases surged to 4,773. The percentage of new cases daily to new tests reached 4.4% and the recovery rate reached 98.3%.

The Ministry of Health announced yesterday that people over the age of 50 who have been vaccinated twice with the COVID-19 vaccine can receive booster jabs without prior reservation. Young people must make an appointment to receive booster immunity. Vaccines are available at Jaber Causeway, Mishref Trade Fairs, Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh Youth Centers, and public hospitals nationwide. Last week, 115,024 people received booster jabs, for a total of 461,693 who received a third dose.

Kuwait urged citizens to leave several European countries, including the United Kingdom, France and Germany, due to the surge in cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant. In a series of statements overnight on Sunday, the state also warned Kuwaitians, often those who spend heavily abroad, to avoid traveling to these countries. The Foreign Ministry generally said that “travel should be delayed”, especially to France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy.

Citizens said COVID-19 should leave these countries “in light of the significant and unprecedented increase in the number of new cases.” Europe has once again become the epicenter of a pandemic in the past few months, fighting the surge in cases caused by the highly contagious strain of Omicron. According to Saturday’s AFP tally, all the countries with the highest infection rates per 100,000 inhabitants of the world are in Europe.

This number indicates that more than 4.9 million infections were reported in Europe in the seven days leading up to January 1. In France alone, more than 1 million new cases were recorded in the week. Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry also said yesterday that it should leave Turkey and Morocco because of concerns about COVID-19. The number of cases recorded in Kuwait remains relatively low. However, they jumped 30 times a month, reaching about 982 yesterday in a country with a population of over 4 million.

Incidents are also on the rise elsewhere in the Gulf. In the United Arab Emirates, infections have increased almost 40-fold since the beginning of December. Saudi Arabia announced 1,746 new cases yesterday. This was the highest in 6 months, making more than 700 leap from the previous day. The Kingdom has re-imposed social distance measures at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, the Sanctuary. The number of cases per day in Qatar increased to 1,077, the highest since June. -agency

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