Covid 19 | Kuwait imposes partial curfew

Covid 19 | Kuwait imposes partial curfew

The minister also said that the National Guard forces, in cooperation with police personnel, are tasked with enforcing the night curfew.

The Kuwait government has decided to impose a partial curfew for a month and extend the ban on entry of non-Kuwaitis into the country until further notice amid a record spike in coronavirus cases, said the country’s Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr. Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohamad Al-Sabah, who is also the foreign minister, following an extraordinary virtual meeting of the Cabinet in a statement carried by the Kuwait News Agency.

The move, which restricts movement across the country from 5 p.m. in the evening till 5 a.m., will be effective from Sunday (March 7) and will continue until April 8.

The minister also said that the National Guard forces, in cooperation with police personnel, are tasked with enforcing the night curfew.

During the curfew time, people are allowed to go to mosques on foot and pharmacies to buy medical supplies while shops, cooperative societies, and markets are permitted to carry out their activities through only delivery service.

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The commerce ministry is assigned to take necessary measures to deliver basic suppliers during the night curfew and attend their auctions, he added.

During the non-curfew period, people are banned from entering restaurants and cafes but can receive their orders through delivery service or from inside their cars. Taxis are allowed to carry two passengers only, and all setting places at public areas and public parks are closed.

The decision on banning non-Kuwaitis from entering the country has been extended until further notice, the minister noted.

The Cabinet has urged all citizens and residents to abide by all precautionary measures and health requirements as well as halt all gatherings to curb the COVID-19 epidemic and maintain the safety of all. It affirmed that the epidemic is dangerous and working on eradicating it is a national and societal responsibility that requires cooperation from all, the minister stressed.

On Thursday, Kuwait recorded the highest single-day number of coronavirus cases since the outbreak of the pandemic for the fourth consecutive day.

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