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Shopping malls, salons and children’s entertainment centres closed

 

 

Kuwait decided on Saturday to close all shopping malls except for those related to food supplies, the state news agency reported on Twitter.The agency added that all children’s entertainment centres and male and female salons will be closed to halt the spread of coronavirus.-K.T.

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2 coronavirus patients recovered, bringing total number of those who overcame the disease to seven

 

 

Minister of Health Sheikh Dr. Bassel Al-Sabah announced Saturday two patients of the novel coronavirus recovered, bringing total number of those who overcame the disease to seven. In remarks to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), Sheikh Bassel said "Analyses and laboratory X-ray tests proved that the two cases were cured of the virus." The two healed persons would be shifted to the recuperation ward of the hospital specialized for treating the COVID-19 patients, pending their discharge during the coming two days, he added.-KUNA

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4 new corona cases in Kuwait , total rises to 104--One Indian among them

 

 

Kuwait announced Saturday four positive coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, taking the number of the infected to 104.

Ministry of Health spokesman Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad told KUNA that one case is for an Indian national who was in contact with a person who came from Azerbaijan; two Kuwaitis who were in the United Kingdom, and another Kuwaiti female who was in both Qatar and France.Al-Sanad also noted that currently, six patients are in the ICU; two in a critical condition and the rest are stable.He further pointed out that the ministry took a total of 8,298 samples from people for testing.

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Cybercriminals exploiting public fear of coronavirus through malware and phishing e-mails

 

 

Cybercriminals continue to exploit public fear of rising coronavirus cases through malware and phishing e-mails in the disguise of content coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US and World Health Organisation, says cybersecurity firm Kaspersky.

In the Apac region, Kaspersky has detected 93 coronavirus-related malware in Bangladesh, 53 in the Philippines, 40 in China, 23 in Vietnam, 22 in India and 20 in Malaysia. Single-digit detections were monitored in Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Myanmar and Thailand.

Along with the consistent increase of 2019 coronavirus cases comes the incessant techniques cybercriminals are using to prey on public panic amidst the global epidemic. Kaspersky also detected e-mails offering products such as masks, and then the topic became more commonly used in Nigerian spam e-mails.  Researchers also found scam e-mails with phishing links and malicious attachments.

One of the latest spam campaigns mimics the World Health Organization (WHO), showing how cybercriminals recognise and are capitalising on the important role the WHO has in providing trustworthy information about coronavirus."We would encourage companies to be particularly vigilant at this time, and ensure employees who are working at home exercise caution.

"Businesses should communicate clearly with workers to ensure they are aware of the risks, and do everything they can to secure remote access for those self-isolating or working from home," commented David Emm, principal security researcher.

Some malicious files are spread via e-mail.For example, an Excel file distributed via e-mail under the guise of a list of coronavirus victims allegedly sent from the WHO was, in fact, a Trojan-Downloader, which secretly downloads and installs another malicious file. This second file was a Trojan-Spy designed to gather various data, including passwords, from the infected device and send it to the attacker.

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Egyptian arrested for mocking MoH in TikTok video

 

 

Criminal Investigation Department arrested an Egyptian who mocked recent decisions of Ministry of Health precautions against corona virus on dealing with it in a TikTok video.He was referred to concerned authorities for further investigation.-A.T.

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WHO announced that Europe has become the new "focus" of the emerging Corona epidemic

 

 

The Director-General of the World Health Organization announced Friday that Europe has become the new "focus" of the emerging Corona epidemic, calling on countries to "verify, isolate, and subject each case to examination."

"Europe is currently the epicenter of the global Covid 19 epidemic," Tidros Adhanum Gebriesos told the media, noting that the number of cases recorded daily exceeds the number of daily cases recorded in China during the peak of the disease.

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Kuwait decried social media reports on deportation of expats as totally untrue

 

 

Kuwaiti Minister of Social Affairs Mariam Al-Aqeel on Friday decried social media reports on an alleged plan to deport expatriates as "totally untrue". Al-Aqeel, who doubles as Minister of State for Economic Affairs and Acting Minister of State for Service Affairs, said in a press statement that no decision whatsoever had been made in this regard. The minister even underlined that she was not in a position to take such a decision, urging mass media and social media to ensure credibility under these circumstances Kuwait and the entire world are currently experiencing. To avoid confusion and chaos in the society, everyone should seek true information and news from official sources, Al-Aqeel requested. The Public Authority of Manpower also dismissed such reports as being "divorced from reality", urging people to steer away from rumors and fake information just to protect public security and safety.


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Kuwait extends lockdown by closing mosques,parks as confirmed cases surge to 100

 

 

Kuwait extended its lockdown on Friday in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus, with a total of 100 confirmed cases, some of them locally transmitted after coming in contact with travellers returning from infected countries. On Friday, the ministry of Awqaf announced just before noon prayers that Muslims do not need to attend Friday prayers during a pandemic. Thousands around the country still attended the prayers as mosques were still open, but later in the day, on the advice of health ministry officials, mosques were shuttered and all Muslims were advised to pray the five daily prayers at home. 
Authorities also closed public parks, beaches, walking paths and all other public spaces, and again urged all citizens and residents of the country to stay home in a bit to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Tareq Al-Mezrem, official spokesman for the government, said as of yet no curfew has been imposed by the government. 
The health ministry announced 20 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, taking the total number of confirmed infected cases in the country to 100. 
The measures followed the official announcement by the Cabinet on Wednesday of a public holiday from March 12-26, with all government ministries and departments closing – except those serving vital needs. All co-ops and grocery stores, gas cylinder distribution centers, pharmacies, the Kuwait Flour Mills and Bakery Company and gas stations remained open Friday. 
Kuwait’s International Airport closes at midnight Friday for all commercial flights and no one except citizens returning may enter the airport. Additionally, all restaurants and cafes are closed for dining in, with takeout and delivery options allowed. Gyms, cinemas, wedding halls, the Friday Market and all areas for public gatherings remain closed. 
Health officials continue to examine thousands of expatriates who traveled to or from Egypt, Lebanon or Syria from Feb 27 onwards at the new health testing center in Mishref at the fairgrounds. On Thursday and Friday, thousands of people attended the testing. Thousands of other expatriates from countries including those coming from Singapore, Japan, Thailand, India, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Sweden, Switzerland, Azerbaijan, Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, Germany, France, United States and United Kingdom must undergo a mandatory home quarantine for 14 days. People who entered Kuwait from China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Italy, Iran, Iraq face a mandatory government quarantine for 14 days.-K.T.

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62 Cafes shut down on second day for not adhering cabinet ministers decision

62 Cafes shut down on second day for not adhering cabinet ministers decision

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KUWAIT CITY, Mar 12: On the second day cafes who did not adhere to the decision of the Ministry of Health regarding preventing the spread of coronavirus, Kuwait municipality services launched a surprise campaign in all regions in the governorates to ensure that all cafes implement the decision made by the cabinet ministers. More then 62 cafes were closed on second day, 75 cafes were already closed on first day. The Director General of the Kuwait Municipality stated that the municipality teams are present in the field for 24 hours, and no cafe will be allowed to violate the law. To monitor the cafes who breach the law legal measures have been taken against them immediately, including the sealing of cafe. He added that the law will be applied to everyone without exception

Mandatory medical examination for Expatriates-- Updation

Mandatory medical examination for Expatriates-- Updation

Update on precautionary measures related to coronavirus

Embassy of India in Kuwait informs the Indian Community in Kuwait that the Cabinet of State of Kuwait has announced the following decisions as part of the preventive measures to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and for the safety of both citizens and expatriates.

  • Suspension of works in all ministries, government sectors, public authorities and institutions during the period from 12/3/2020 till 26/3/2020. Official resumption will be on 29/3/2020.
  • Suspension of commercial flights to/from Kuwait, with effect from midnight of Friday, March 13/3/2020 till further notice. The Cabinet also decided to limit the commercial flights coming to Kuwait, from now until the date of suspension, to carrying Kuwaiti passengers and their first degree relatives only. This decision excludes cargo flights.
  • Banning gatherings inside restaurants and cafes, including those inside shopping centres.
  • Closure of private gyms and health clubs. According to official information, facilities like cooperative societies, supermarkets, pharmacies, gas cylinders refilling centers, petrol stations, branches of Kuwait Supply Company and Kuwait Flour Mills and Bakeries are operating normally.

Further, according to information available with the Embassy, the current governorate-wise testing schedule (12-17 March 2020) for mandatory medical examination of expatriates, who returned to Kuwait on or after 27 February 2020, is not applicable to expatriates returning from India. However, all concerned are requested to keep track of latest notifications from Ministry of Health, Kuwait (Twitter: @KUWAIT_MOH, Website: www.moh.gov.kw, on this subject. To avoid any inconvenience, the Embassy advises all Indian nationals to postpone their travels to and from Kuwait. It is to be kindly noted that transfer of mortal remains will also be impacted on account of suspension of flights. All the members of the Indian Community in Kuwait are advised to adhere to all the local rules and regulations and contribute, both individually and collectively, in achieving the desired objective of containing the spread of the infection and protecting health and safety of all the residents and citizens of the friendly State of Kuwait. Members of the Indian community are advised to keep track of Embassy’s website (www.indembkwt.gov.in) and social media accounts (Twitter: @indembkwt, Facebook: @indianembassykuwait) for official updates on the above subject. *** 12 March 2020

More than 2000 examined on the first day for corona at exhibition grounds

 

 

With great efforts, preparations and clear precautionary measures, the Ministry of Health began yesterday receiving arrivals in the new examination centers in the galleries of “exhibition grounds”, in order to re-examine them to ensure that they are free of the Corona emerging virus.In cooperation with the Ministry of Interior and Civil Defense, the examination will continue until the 17th of this month.

In this context, the Minister of Health, Sheikh Dr. Basil Al-Sabah, affirmed that the measures taken by the Council of Ministers are “proactive” to confront the Corona virus, indicating that the current situation is still under control and in the stage of containing the virus.Minister Al-Sabah called on citizens and residents to adhere to the home quarantine for their safety and the health of society, and not to gather until the stage of the virus that swept the whole world ended, and that closing the airport is one of the precautionary measures.

Dr. Mohamed Al-Saeedan of the Public Health Department announced the reception of more than 2000 people on the first day, pointing out that they entered the examination halls to ensure that they were free of any symptoms, that their temperature was normal, and that took pledges of their presence in the home quarantine, stressing the sterilization of all places that auditors sit to ensure that the infection is not transmitted to others.He indicated that arrivals will be received until the 17th of February.

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All mass transportation suspended from March 12th evening until further notice

 

 

Upon the recommendations from health Authorities, all mass transportation in the country will be suspended from today March 12th evening until further notice.As per this directives, all public buses will not be operating in Kuwait until further announcement. -K.T.

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India quarantines itself--All visas except few suspended till April 15, entry barred for OCI card-holders too

 

 

On A day that the World Health Organisation (WHO) said the novel coronavirus (COVID 2019) outbreak could now be “characterised as a pandemic”, India on Wednesday took the unprecedented decision to suspend all visas, barring select categories, till April 15, effectively closing its borders for a month.The Centre also advised all states and Union territories to invoke provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, which will enable them to enforce advisories as and when needed.

“All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/ international organisations, employment, project visas, stand suspended till 15th April 2020. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure. Visa free travel facility granted to OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India) card holders is kept in abeyance till April 15th, 2020. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure. Any foreign national who intends to travel to India for compelling reason may contact the nearest Indian Mission,” the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in a statement.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Group of Ministers (GOM) constituted to review, monitor and evaluate the preparedness and measures taken to fight the COVID outbreak.

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Bank operations were suspended until March 26 --One branch to open for every bank in each governorate

 

 

The Federation of Kuwait Banks announced that local banks would be suspended from Thursday 12 March until Thursday 26 of the same month - with the opening of one branch for each bank in each governorate - to resume official working hours on Sunday 29 of the same month.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kuwait Banking Association, Adel Al-Majed said in a press statement that the decision was based on the decision of the Council of Ministers regarding the aforementioned period as an official holiday, provided that the banks continue to provide services to clients electronically, including domestic financial transfers and transfers abroad.Al-Majed added that cash will be provided through ATM machines, in addition to receiving inquiries through customer service numbers at banks.

This decision is part of the measures taken by the state to address the repercussions of the emerging coronavirus (Coved 19).

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WHO labels coronavirus outbreak as pandemic

 

 

The World Health Organization is describing the new coronavirus as a pandemic, it said yesterday, adding that Italy and Iran were now on the frontline of the disease and other countries would soon join them. “We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference yesterday.

He urged the global community to redouble efforts to contain the outbreak, saying aggressive measures could still play a big role to curb the pandemic. Mike Ryan, head of the WHO’s emergencies program, said the situation in Iran was “very serious” and the agency would like to see more surveillance and more care for the sick. The coronavirus, which emerged in China in December, has spread around the world, halting industry, bringing flights to a standstill, closing schools and forcing the postponement of sporting events and concerts.-K.T.

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Kuwait suspends all flights and announces 2-week holidays to contain Coronavirus spread

Kuwait suspends all flights and announces 2-week holidays to contain Coronavirus spread

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The Council of Ministers have announced the suspension of flights to and from Kuwait starting from midnight on Friday until further notice.  Only Kuwaitis and their relatives can travel and be processed at the airport, reported Al Rai.

All employees of Government and private sectors will be placed on official leave from  12 to 26 March and work will resume on March 29.

According to a statement from government spokesman Tariq Al-Muzaram. There will also be no gathering in restaurants and all private sports clubs activities are banned.

The new measures were passed within the framework of confronting the coronavirus spread.

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MoH asked expats arrived after Feb 27th to report at the medical center setup at Mishref

MoH asked expats arrived after Feb 27th to report at the medical center setup at Mishref

Ministry of Health - Kuwait asked all expatriates who arrived the country after February 27th to visit the specially designed medical center at Mishref International Fair ground from tomorrow.

A special center is setup at the Hall no 6 of Kuwait International fair ground at Mishref near 6th ring road. The working hours of the center is from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Special dates are allocated to all expatriates according to their governorate.

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As per the MoH directive, expatriate must carry their Civil ids and passport while visiting the center. The attendance is compulsory and penalty will be applied who violate this.

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Kuwait lost 30 million dollars in direct loss from the collapse of Kuwaiti oil prices

 

 

In the biggest decline in the price of Kuwaiti oil since the Gulf War in 1991, the price of a barrel fell by $ 15.5 a barrel to $ 34.26 in trading yesterday, compared to $ 49.82 in trading last Friday, according to the price announced by the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation.The Kuwaiti barrel of oil continued its bleeding in conjunction with the sharp collapse of world oil prices, in light of continuing investor fears about the oversupply of the global supply due to the price war between Russia and the major OPEC producers after the failure of the OPEC  talks to deepen production cuts by 1.5 million barrels per day.According to a calculation, Kuwait lost 30 million dollars in direct loss from the collapse of Kuwaiti oil prices by about 15 dollars per barrel in a session on Monday, where the export capacity of Kuwait is at the level of two million barrels per day.The world oil prices witnessed the largest decline for one session in percentage terms for both benchmarks crude since January 17, 1991 when prices fell by a third at the beginning of the Gulf War . Kuwaiti oil prices drifted to levels of $ 34.26 a barrel considered the lowest in a year 2016 when the price of crude reached those levels on April 3, 2016.

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Expats living in Kuwait, who are stuck abroad due to covid 19 may face problem

 

 

The spread of coronavirus all over the world saw the suspension of flights between Kuwait and various affected countries. As a result, many people, especially expats living in Kuwait, are stuck abroad and are not able to return. According to the rent law, tenants are obliged to pay rent before the 20th of each month. This deadline is approaching soon, and tenants may face problems with their landlords.

According to a judge at the Hawally Court, the landlord has the right to file a case at the court to get an eviction order against a tenant for being behind on rent. According to attorney Mohammed Al-Jassem, if the tenant used to pay the rent in cash to the haris and can’t pay online from the country where he is now, he can transfer the money to a family member or friend here in Kuwait to pay the rent on his behalf. If he cannot do so, and the landlord doesn’t provide him an option to pay online and files a case against him to get an eviction order, immediately after arriving in Kuwait he should pay the rent he missed while abroad at the court. He should then present the evidence of his excuse at the court session,” he explained.-K.T.

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Residencies of expat employees will be renewed even if they are abroad

 

 

The interior ministry said it will facilitate the renewal of work permits and residencies of employees in the private sector even if they are abroad due to the spread of coronavirus. Employers should take the work permit from the Public Authority of Manpower and then renew the residency at the immigration department, the ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary for Residency Affairs Maj Gen Talal Maarafi said in a statement.

He said employers can do this even if their employees are out of the country, but their passports should be valid. Maarafi said residencies of the employee’s family members who are in Kuwait can be renewed as well. Visit visas can also be extended for two months, he explained. The official said employers of domestic workers can renew their residencies even if they are in their home countries. He said these measures apply to citizens of Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria and Thailand.-K.T.

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