Middle East

Kuwait lifts most curbs and relaxes unvaccinated restrictions

Ahmad Jable

Kuwait: Kuwait is one step closer to returning to normal life yesterday by lifting almost all restrictions on the coronavirus. At a weekly meeting, the Cabinet canceled pre-departure and on-arrival PCR testing requirements and quarantine for passengers entering Kuwait who had been fully vaccinated with COVID-19. The Cabinet has also decided to allow people who have not been vaccinated with COVID-19 to travel to Kuwait and enter malls and cinemas.

Partially vaccinated persons do not need to bring PCR results upon arrival, but should be quarantined for 7 days. This can result in a negative PCR test. Unvaccinated people can travel, but to enter Kuwait, carry a negative PCR test certificate issued 72 hours before the flight date and stay in the quarantine at home for 7 days after arrival. You will need to undergo a PCR test on the 7th day and finish. quarantine. The new measures will be effective from February 20th.

The Cabinet has also agreed to restore the capacity of employees in the state sector to 100% from March 13 and allow public transport to carry passengers at full capacity. Mosques can reduce physical distance, but can also hold indoor and conference meetings. Social gatherings, including weddings, are also permitted indoors or outdoors if health protocols are followed.

The Cabinet also requires that children under the age of 16 who have not been vaccinated with COVID-19 be admitted to school weekly without having to bring a negative PCR test certificate and only students with positive or symptomatic symptoms should be isolated. Announced that there is. HH Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Hamad al-Saber said at a press conference yesterday that Kuwait “minimized damage to economic, health and social levels” with the latest COVID-19 wave He said he had overcome it. He acknowledged the efforts of health workers, along with a government plan “led by the Ministry of Health” to make this possible.

However, the Prime Minister warned that relaxing the restrictions does not mean ending health precautions, especially by wearing a face mask. He thanked the citizens and residents for their “cooperation and commitment to health protocols” and said it was of great help in quickly overcoming the new wave.

On January 10, the Cabinet adopted restrictions to curb the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant in Kuwait. This would reduce the Department of State staff to 50 percent, request the private sector to reduce staff, apply physical distances at mosques, and increase passenger capacity for conferences and conferences, and public transport. Reduce to 50 percent.

Meanwhile, Tarek al-Mezrem, chairman of the Government Communications Center and government spokesman, resigned from the government, Foreign Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser al-Mohammad al-Saber, or other ministers. Denied as an “untrue” report. “Everything circulated regarding the resignation of the government, foreign minister, or other government member is not entirely true,” a spokesman said on Twitter.

https://www.kuwaittimes.com/kuwait-lifts-most-curbs-eases-restrictions-on-unvaccinated/ Kuwait lifts most curbs and relaxes unvaccinated restrictions

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