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Kuwait detects 12 new cases of Omicron and calls for postponement of travel

Wuhan: This photo, taken on Tuesday, shows a healthcare professional collecting samples to be tested for COVID-19 at an ice and snow theme park. -AFP

By B Izzak & Agencies

Kuwait: The Ministry of Health reported yesterday another 12 cases of COVID-19 Omicron variants in people arriving from several European countries as a health supervision committee calling for strict imposition of coronavirus precautions. did. Dr. Abdullah al-Sanad, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health, said the new case had been quarantined, adding that the ministry had taken all necessary precautions and began investigating the case.

Dr. Sanad emphasized the need to carry out home quarantine for all passengers arriving in Kuwait and to strictly implement health measures and other preventive procedures. He completed a third vaccination, including booster immunization, and called on the general public to avoid unsafe rallies, observe safe distances, and continue to disinfect hands. He also advised the public to receive seasonal winter vaccinations.

Kuwait last week reported the first case of Omicron in a European male arriving from an African country that reported a case of a subspecies of Omicron. Dr. Sanad also emphasized that people should postpone their travel plans unless necessary. On Monday, the Cabinet re-imposed a 10-day home quarantine on all passengers arriving in the country. This can be reduced to just 3 days if the passenger has a negative COVID test.

The Cabinet has also decided that a person who received a second vaccination 9 months ago or earlier is not considered immune and must be vaccinated a third time. The decision will come into effect on January 2. Meanwhile, the government committee that oversees the implementation of health measures yesterday has called for strict application of health conditions, saying that it has not been strictly implemented recently, and the number of new cases of coronavirus is steadily increasing. ..

The Commission has decided to send field teams to malls and markets to ensure that health measures are implemented. The Commission will notify the owners of the mall not to allow unvaccinated people to enter, violators will be warned and fined. Other conditions include wearing a face mask properly and keeping a distance. The Ministry of Health reported more than 50 cases daily and 90 cases on Tuesday, after reporting less than 40 cases of new coronavirus in two months.

Elsewhere, France has begun vaccination of children over the age of five, and China yesterday scrambled the city to contain a surge in fresh viruses caused by Omicron variants. I fell into a strict blockade. Meanwhile, the UK has approved Pfizer’s jab for children over the age of 5, but the World Health Organization has warned that taking booster shots does not mean abandoning safety measures at the end of the year celebrations. ..

France yesterday began vaccination of children between the ages of 5 and 11. This is because it warned that the daily infection rate could reach an average of 54,000 to 100,000 per day. The UK is also seeing a surprising increase in new cases and yesterday approved Pfizer’s Covid Jab for children ages 5-11. The quarantine period for infected individuals is 10 to 7 days, and the test result is negative.

The government has signed an agreement with Pfizer’s Ritonavir to obtain 4.25 million courses of US rival Merck / MSD’s Molnupiravir antivirals. This raises expectations for simple treatments at home. Finland has also announced plans to extend its vaccination program to children aged 5 to 12 years. The next day, you’ll need to close the bar at 9 pm on Christmas Eve to fight record Covid infection levels.

But in China, 52 newly reported infections were sufficient for authorities to impose a strict blockade on more than 13 million people in cities in northern Xi’An. From midnight on Thursday, residents must stay home once every two days or unless they want to buy essentials in an emergency. Round-trip trips to Xi’An are closely monitored by health authorities and non-essential companies are closed.

This move is reminiscent of the world’s first pandemic blockade in Wuhan’s central city in January 2020, as China pursues a strict zero COVID policy before the Beijing Olympics next year. Even if the government quickly launched a booster campaign.

However, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that the third dose would not be a medical record blanche for the celebration and could exacerbate vaccine inequity. “No country can get out of the pandemic,” he said yesterday. “The Blanket Booster Program prolongs, increases the chances of virus spread and mutation, rather than ending the COVID-19 pandemic, by diverting supplies to countries that already have high levels of vaccination. There is a possibility.”

As some poor countries struggle to launch their first vaccine campaign, Zionist organizations have stated that citizens and medical teams over the age of 60 are eligible for a fourth COVID vaccination. “The world will follow in our footsteps,” tweeted Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

Throughout Africa, nations lag behind Western nations in inoculating their populations as the continent faces its own new surge. However, in Nigeria, about one million doses of AstraZenecacovid donated by developed countries were destroyed yesterday after they expired.

“When these vaccines were provided to us, we knew they had a short shelf life,” said Faisal Schuive of the National Primary Health Development Agency. “But we lived in an environment where the supply of COVID-19 vaccines was very low,” he added, hoarding jabs and donating them only when they were almost expired, which led to developed countries. I blamed you.

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