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Social gatherings including weddings parties and private diwaniyas banned



Health Minister Sheikh Dr Basel Al-Sabah issued a number of decrees yesterday banning social gatherings including weddings and parties as part of preventative measures against the coronavirus. The decrees prevent large non-family gatherings and receptions in halls and in homes. Gatherings in public and private diwaniyas are also included in the new measures. Police will be tasked to enforce the decrees, arrest violators and send them for interrogation and trial. The measures will be implemented as part of nationwide efforts to prevent the further spread of the disease.

The interior ministry later yesterday affirmed it will not tolerate violations of the health authorities’ ban on gatherings of people, with the objective of curbing the spread of coronavirus. The ministry’s public relations department, in a statement to the press, urged the public to abide by resolutions enforcing the ban in a bid to avoid penalties – either a fine of KD 50 to KD 200 or imprisonment of up to three months, or both. Police forces will make sure the public abide by the ban and will not tolerate violations, it said.-K.T.


96 deportees flown back to Egypt-- Minister of Social Affairs



Kuwaiti Minister of Social Affairs Maryam Al-Aqeel said an EgyptAir flight has left Kuwait International Airport on Wednesday with 298 passengers, including 96 Egyptian deportees, on board. Administrative procedures were taken against the 96 deportees while the other passengers have expired visas or wanted to leave for home willingly, she told KUNA at the airport after supervising the deportation process.

The government of Kuwait footed the bill of the travel tickets of the deportees, she said, affirming the commitment of all state agencies to taking the necessary measures against law violators, particularly when it comes to the precautions against COVID-19. The minister reminded all expatriates in Kuwait of the need to commit themselves to the provisions of law and the safety guidelines or face legal measures.

Al-Aqeel applauded the cooperation of the state agencies that arranged for the deportation process, notably the ministries of interior and foreign affairs, the PAM and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.


Indian Embassy's warning about fraudulent calls



It has been brought to the attention of the Embassy of India that some unscrupulous individuals are calling Indian nationals, posing as Embassy officials, with a view to extract money. These individuals may at times provide certain personal particulars to make their claims sound convincing.

All Indian nationals in Kuwait are hereby informed that the Embassy of India never requests for any such payments/money transfers, nor for your bank details, nor for money transfers through telephone calls or through unauthorized means, nor will ask for your banking credentials/credit card details etc.

Established processes and procedures are in place i.r.o. various services provided by the Embassy, which are clearly laid out on the Embassy’s official website (

All concerned are therefore requested to exercise caution and not to fall prey to any fraudulent attempts. It may also be noted that victims may lodge their complaints with National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal, Delhi at


March salaries of employees of government agencies and bodies transferred to bank--funds available in the ATM machines are sterile



The Ministry of Finance announced yesterday that it has completed the transfer of salaries of employees of government agencies and bodies for the month of March, so that banks will begin the process of transferring them to employees as of today, Wednesday.At the same time, the Ministry emphasizes working to meet all the requirements of the state in light of these days that the country is going through.The central bank had completed  the referral of salaries to banks at the agreed time.

Informed sources reassured the employees that the funds available in the ATM machines are sterile, clean and do not carry any viruses such as Corona virus.It stated that the sums deposited by customers through the external service centers of the banks are not returned to withdraw from them.They have not been circulated within at least 14 days during which they are kept inside the bank and are subject to sterilization and disinfection operations with the knowledge of specialized persons.-Al-Anba


PM urges solidarity and Kuwait will manage the coronavirus crisis standing together



Kuwait will manage the coronavirus crisis as long as it takes, HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said yesterday during a meeting with senior commanders at the defense ministry headed by Deputy Premier and Defense Minister Sheikh Ahmad Mansour Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled appreciated the contributions and cooperation of the private sector in the ongoing efforts to contain the spread of the virus and highly commended the thousands of young Kuwaitis who flocked to centers to volunteer and help the state.

Health Ministry Spokesman Dr Abdullah Al-Sanad warned the slightest sign of easing up in the fight against COVID-19 will spell danger and catastrophe for the Kuwaiti society. He affirmed individuals and institutions have a shared responsibility in protecting the society from the menace of coronavirus, indicating that so far, measures carried out in Kuwait call for optimism and hope. Sanad pointed out that all members of the health force are following proper protocols in addressing any situation connected with COVID-19, indicating that efforts have been successful in managing the crisis.

The ministry of health said in a new statement yesterday said that people coming from 12 countries – Britain, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Iraq, Italy, South Korea, Spain and the United States will be quarantined. It called on people coming from all other countries to stay at home for 14 days and not to go to work. It advised them also to contact the ministry on the hotline 151.-K.T.


Strict measures against rumors and publishers of false news-23 social media accounts face legal action



The Attorney General, Advisor Dharar Al-Asousi, confirmed that the Public Prosecution took the utmost actions, decisions and no tolerance against anyone who publishes false news and rumors on websites or social media networks or through written, visual or audio media regarding the emerging Corona virus. The legal accountability will also extend to anyone who publishes data and false news about the measures taken by government agencies to confront this disease, as well as publishing or broadcasting everything that raises fear among people, panic and fear in society or weakens the state’s prestige or prejudice. 

Al-Asousi revealed that the Public Prosecution has received several communications from the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Information against some people and websites on this matter and that it will investigate them in accordance with the provisions of the law. The counselor Al-Asousi called on the media men, the owners of websites and accounts on social media to investigate the accuracy and take the information from its  official sources before publishing for fear of being subject to legal accountability.

Since coronavirus emerged in Kuwait, a total 23 accounts on social media have been taken to the Public Prosecution for posting misinformation and panicking people, said Minister of Information Mohammad Al-Jabri. Earlier on Monday, the Minister of Information had sent the admins of 14 websites to the public prosecution for breaking e-media law. Speaking to Kuwait TV tonight, Al-Jabri, who doubles as Minister of State for Youth Affairs, warned that his ministry would resolutely face these accounts for stirring public panic and tensions.



MoH : Seven new coronavirus cases in Kuwait bringing total to 130



Seven new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were discovered in Kuwait within the last 24 hours, bringing the total of infections to 130, said the Health Ministry Tuesday. In a press conference, Health Ministry Spokesman Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad revealed that all newly announced cases were for Kuwaiti citizens returning from the UK Out of the 130 in total, 12 cases recovered and 118 are still receiving treatment, he pointed out.-KUNA


Interior Ministry urges public to use e-services



Due to the extraordinary circumstances the country is going through, and the precautionary and preventive measures being implemented by the security establishment to confront the spread of the novel coronavirus, Assistant Undersecretary for Residency Affairs Maj Gen Talal Ibrahim Maarafi calls upon citizens, expats, company owners and establishments to benefit from the electronic services through the interior ministry’s website:

He said residencies of domestic help (article 20) and private sector workers (article 18) can be renewed online. He said using e-services speeds up processing and saves time and effort, in addition to preventing mixing with people in order to ensure their health and safety. He confirmed that the services are free of charge.

Trio arrested
In an explanatory statement regarding a video on social media showing three persons carrying cleaning material and leftovers in Jaber Al-Ahmad, the interior ministry said security patrols arrested the three Arabs. They said they work in the area and the material they had was collected from garbage containers for resale. The materials were sent to the forensics lab for analysis as legal procedures are being taken against them.



OBITUARY MESSAGE: The beloved father of Mr. Mathi - KARUPPIAH AMBALAM passed away

OBITUARY MESSAGE: The beloved father of Mr. Mathi - KARUPPIAH AMBALAM passed away

KRAIt is with great sadness that we inform about the demise of Mr. V. Karuppiah Ambalam (beloved father of Mr. Mathi General Secretary – Indian Frontliners)  have passed away on 17th March 2020 in Devakottai, Tamilnadu, India. He was 89 years old. The Funeral will be held in his native place on Wednesday (18th March 2020).

May God give strength to Mr. Mathi and family members in this difficult time of grief.

Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family; May his soul Rest in Peace.


No shortage in agricultural supplies in Kuwait



 Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Mohammed Al-Jabri stressed that agricultural supplies are abundant and denied any shortages. Speaking to the press during a tour of Andalus vegetable market on Sunday, Jabri hailed the role played by the Kuwait Farmers Union in protecting national food security at all times, especially during the current circumstances.

He added that the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) had prepared a special study to support the animal husbandry and agricultural sector and that the study will be soon submitted to the Cabinet pending implementation.

Meanwhile, chairman of the farmers’ union Abdullah Al-Dammak stressed that the union stopped all auctions of agricultural products and prioritized direct sale to co-ops. “Interested co-ops can call and make their orders of fruits and vegetables and receive them at 9 pm the same day,” he underlined, pointing out that the union has stopped price manipulation and urged farmers to increase their produce.

Free meals
In collaboration with the Awqaf Secretariat General, Kuwait Food Bank announced providing meals free of charge to all state employees and the public undergoing COVID-19 tests at Kuwait International Fairgrounds in Mishref. Speaking during a visit he made to the site, the food bank’s manager Salem Al-Hamar hailed the efforts exerted by health and interior ministries, adding that the bank’s efforts come as part of its social responsibility activities and within the framework of national efforts to fight the coronavirus.

“The food bank volunteers are working side by side with health ministry staff at Misref international fairgrounds,” Hamar said, stressing that the bank will spare no efforts in fighting the spread of the virus and safeguarding both citizens and residents. Hamar called for combining all efforts, avoiding rumors, following instructions regarding staying at home, avoiding crowds, avoiding hoarding foodstuff and not taking the issue lightly.



Cutting employees’ salaries due to store closure illegal



Many employees working in stores closed due to the instructions of the Cabinet as a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus have been informed by their employers that their salaries will be deducted for this period of closure.

Kuwait Times contacted the public relations department of the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) to ask how can the workers protect their rights. The PR officer said they can’t give an answer at the moment as the situation is not clear. “We are waiting for decisions taken by the Cabinet after they meet. This is definitely an important issue and there will be a solution,” she noted.

Attorney Mohammed Al-Jasim said it’s illegal to threaten employees of cutting their salaries due to the closure of stores which is out of their will. “According to article 61, the employer should pay full salaries to his employees if he closed the store by his will or if the store was closed totally or partially for any reason that employees are not responsible for, if he wants them to still work for him,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the ministry of commerce and industry published a new post on their official social media accounts mentioning the closure of three stores at Salam co-op, Khaitan co-op, and in Farwaniya for various violations. They announced that inspections are going on in all areas of Kuwait. Yesterday, 575 complaints were filed, 467 field inspections were held, 51 reported to the prosecution, six stores and booths reopened and two commercial licenses were canceled.



Kuwait authorities tours Jahra, Ahmadi and Farwaniya governorates to check adherence to measures against COVID-19



The Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, Kuwait Municipality, and the Ministry of Commerce went on inspection tours in Jahra, Ahmadi and Farwaniya governorates to check adherence to precautionary measures taken by the government against the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The inspections focused on various violations including gathering, violating stores and businesses, illegal vendors, visa violators and others.This exceptional situation requires more intensive inspections by PAM and other authorities.

The sanctions include deportation of violating expats, store closures and withdrawal of licenses of violating companies.These inspections also include checking residency status of expats.The government decided to close all shopping malls, beauty salons and barber shops as part of its measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The government also allowed restaurants to host a maximum of five people at a time and in case there are lines, the distance must be at least one meter between people.-K.T.


Interior Minister issued a stern warning that curfew could be imposed and some expats will be deported



Interior Minister Anas Al-Saleh yesterday issued a stern warning that curfew could be imposed and some expats will be deported immediately in case people do not comply with measures to contain the coronavirus. The minister told Kuwait TV that he was unhappy about people venturing out unnecessarily, violating measures announced by the government to halt the spread of the coronavirus in the country, as new cases of the deadly disease were announced yesterday.

He stressed that obeying government instructions is a must and the government will resort to other decisions if citizens and expatriates disobey orders and endanger the health regime. Saleh noted that many expatriates showed honorable abidance, but regrettably, the behavior of some others has to be faced with legal measures.Saleh said the government has repeatedly appealed to people not to venture out of homes except for necessity, insisting that food reserves in the country are plenty and sufficient. The minister’s warning comes a day after the government floated the idea that imposing curfew in the country was one of the options and appealed to the public to stay at home.-K.T.



Car insurance can be renewed without inspection--MoI



Ministry of Interior said car owners could now renew insurance documents of their vehicles without the need for technical inspectionamidst current circumstances.--KUNA


11 new coronavirus infections takes number to 123

Eleven new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were discovered in Kuwait, bringing the total of infections to 123, said the Health Ministry Monday.

In a press conference, Health Ministry Spokesman Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad revealed that all newly announced cases were for Kuwaiti citizens; one returning from the US, one associated with travel from Iran, four who came from the UK (plus three in contact), and one case coming from Qatar. The last case is for an Egyptian female residing in Kuwait. Out of the 123 in total, nine cases recovered and 114 are currently receiving treatment, he pointed out.



LuLu charters flight to import Indian Fruits and Vegetables

LuLu charters flight to import Indian Fruits and Vegetables

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LuLu Hypermarket, the region’s leading retailer, has chartered special flights to bring in tons of Indian fruits and vegetables to Kuwait in order to meet the urgent needs of the market.

The first chartered flight with 16.5 tons of fruits and vegetables touched down at Kuwait International Airport on Sunday, 15 March at 2.15pm. The 'Spice press' jet cargo included all major categories of Indian fruits and vegetables and is intended to increase the availability of agriculture produce in local markets.

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Despite the consignment arriving on special cargo flights, LuLu Hypermarket has ensured customers that prices will not be expensive, as the aim is also to stabilize agriculture produce prices in the country.

“Our first charter cargo flight has arrived from Kochi Airport, India carrying 16.5 tons of bananas, mangoes and fresh vegetables, including ginger, turmeric, gooseberry, drumsticks, snake gourd and pumpkin among many others," said a spokesperson for Lulu management in Kuwait. “We will ensure that there is no shortage of food stuff in the country and are prepared to charter even more flights if the need arises in the coming days,” the management added.

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LuLu management noted that there was absolutely no need for any panic with regard to food stocks in the country. “Our current food stocks are more than sufficient to last for over six months, and the items we are getting through charter flights are only perishable products that were earlier brought in through sea and road transport.”

In the Current circumstance, LuLu Hypermarket has been exerting the utmost efforts to achieve its paramount goal of providing and sustaining best quality products at the most affordable prices in the market.

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لولو تستأجر طائرة لاستيراد الفواكه والخضروات الهندية

استأجرت لولو هايبرماركت، شركة التجزئة الرائدة في المنطقة، رحلات طيران خاصة لجلب أطنان من الفواكه والخضروات الهندية إلى الكويت من أجل تلبية الاحتياجات الملحة للسوق.

وهبطت أول رحلة طيران مستأجرة مع 16.5 طنًا من الفاكهة والخضروات في مطار الكويت الدولي يوم الأحد 15 مارس الساعة 2.15 مساءً، وشملت الشحنات التي وصلت الطائرة النفاثة "سبايس اكس بريس" جميع الفئات الرئيسية للفواكه والخضروات الهندية، بهدف توفير المنتجات الزراعية في الأسواق المحلية.

وعلى الرغم من وصول الشحنة على متن رحلة شحن خاصة، فقد كفلت لولو هايبرماركت لعملائها أن الأسعار لن تكون باهظة الثمن، حيث يهدفون أيضًا في استقرار أسعار المنتجات الزراعية في البلاد.

وقال المتحدث باسم إدارة اللولو في الكويت: لقد وصلت أول رحلة شحن مستأجرة من مطار كوتشي بالهند وهي تحمل 16.5 طنًا من الموز والمانجو والخضروات الطازجة، بما في ذلك الزنجبيل والكركم والعنب والقرع وغيرها مضيفا انهم على استعداد لتأجير المزيد من الرحلات الجوية إذا دعت الحاجة في الأيام المقبلة لضمان عدم وجود نقص في المواد الغذائية في البلاد.

وأكدت إدارة شركة لولو أنه لا توجد حاجة على الإطلاق إلى أي ذعر فيما يتعلق بمخزون المواد الغذائية في البلاد، كون مخزونها الغذائي الحالي أكثر من كافٍ ليستمر لأكثر من ستة أشهر، موضحا ان العناصر التي يحضروها بواسطة الرحلات الجوية المستأجرة هي فقط المنتجات القابلة للتلف كانت تجلب في وقت سابق عن طريق النقل البحري والبري.

وتبذل لولو هايبرماركت في الظروف الحالية قصارى جهدها لتحقيق هدفها الأساسي المتمثل في توفير منتجات ذات جودة عالية والحفاظ عليها بأسعار معقولة في السوق.


No immediate plans to impose a curfew now but nothing is ruled out--Assembly speaker



National Assembly speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem yesterday quoted the defense minister as telling MPs that there are no immediate plans to impose a curfew now, but nothing is ruled out.The minister added that as long as people cooperate with the measures announced by the government, the chances of imposing a curfew will be lower, Ghanem said. The speaker said lawmakers asked the minister that any measure should be taken gradually and not suddenly. Ghanem appealed to the public to abide by the government measures so that there will be no need for additional measures.

Health Ministry Spokesman Abdullah Al-Sanad meanwhile told a press conference yesterday that imposing curfew remains one of the options. The talk about curfew comes after the Cabinet decided to close all shopping malls, beauty salons and barbershops as part of its measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The government also allowed restaurants to host a maximum of five people at a time and in case there are queues, there must be a distance of least one meter between people.-K.T.


Kuwaitis and expats exempted from paying fines if caught driving with expired license



Ministry of Interior announced Kuwaitis and expats will be exempted from paying fines if the due date for renewal of driving license falls within the specified because of the suspension of the services until March 26,2020.Instructions issued to police patrols not to issue any citations to those whose driving licenses have expired during the suspension period.

Online electronic renewal of driving licenses is working but issuance of driving license through devices is stopped as per ministry decision to prevent gatherings.


9 recovered from Covid 19 and with 8 new confirmed cases the total number increased to 112



The Minister of Health, Sheikh Dr. Basil Al-Sabah, announced the recovery of two new cases of the newly infected Coronaviruses (Covid 19) in the country, bringing the number of similar recoveries to nine.He added that these two cases will be transferred to the rehabilitation wing of the hospital designated to receive those infected with the emerging coronavirus (Covid 19), in preparation for their discharge from the hospital during the next two days.

The spokesman of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Abdullah Al-Sind, announced the registration of 8 new confirmed cases of the new Corona virus (Covid 19), bringing the total number of cases recorded in the country to 112.




Renewing the work permit for those abroad



It is learned from informed sources that the General Manager of the Public Authority for Manpower Ahmed Al-Mousa issued two administrative circulars regarding renewing the residence of expatriate workers residing abroad, provided that the work permit is renewed online via an easier service with signing an undertaking by the employer attached to the renewal documents as a temporary alternative procedure.


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