Kuwait: Health Minister Sheikh Basel al-Hmood al-Saber emphasized the importance of sticking to the Cabinet’s decision on health guidelines to maintain epidemiological stability in the country. Dr. Basel spoke to Kuwait and Kuwait’s television on Monday following an exceptional meeting of the Cabinet, stating that his health was stable thanks to Allah, but we need to maintain it. Omicron variants are rapidly spreading in many countries around the world and are expected to become widespread within two months, he said. Therefore, the decision made by the Cabinet must be implemented and supported to maintain the good results achieved by the country, he said.
The minister said the decision was in the public interest and would keep Kuwait’s epidemiological situation stable. He advised people not to travel now, except when necessary, and emphasized the importance of adhering to health guidelines, mainly wearing face masks in meetinghouses and closed rooms. The minister urged all to receive a third booster dose of the antivirus vaccine, as the results proved effective against atypical or severe symptoms in the case of infection. He thanked all medical facility ministry staff and teams who have worked for the past two years since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Earlier that day, the Cabinet studied the recommendations of the Minister’s Coronavirus Commission and made several relevant decisions. Due to the visibly increasing number of cases of coronavirus in many countries around the world, the Cabinet should not travel to both citizens and foreigners unless necessary, and to overcome this stage. Advised to follow all health guidelines and precautions. The Cabinet has imposed on field teams and committees to accurately implement health requirements to stop the outbreak of coronavirus.
The Cabinet said all arriving passengers must undergo a negative PCR test 48 hours before arriving in Kuwait. After arriving in Kuwait, passengers will be subject to home quarantine for 10 days, but if the PCR test is negative 72 hours after arrival, quarantine can be terminated before this period. This decision will come into effect on December 26th. Meanwhile, the Cabinet was briefed by the Minister of Health’s decision that those who were vaccinated with COVID-19 nine months ago would need to be boosted from January 2.
Later on Monday, Kuwait’s Ministry of Health announced that 80 people had tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 414,178. According to the ministry spokesman Dr. Abdullah al-Sanad, the death toll from the pandemic remained at 2,466, but the recovery rate increased by 25 to 411,118. As of Monday, he said there were three ICU cases, with 594 being treated in addition to the 17 patients in the COVID-19 ward. Sanad revealed that the number of medical swabs performed during the same period reached 22,400, a total increase to 5,738,643. — Kuna
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