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168 New coronavirus cases and 2 death today - total cases to 2248

 

 

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health on Saturday reported 168 new coronavirus (COVID-19) infections and two more death in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 2248 and total deaths to 13 patients.

In a statement, Health Ministry spokesperson Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad said that 50 patients were in intensive care 21 of them are in critical condition and 29 stable.

He added that the death cases reached 13 after confirming the death of a 75 year old Indian resident and another 57 year old Indian.

Those currently receiving treatment at hospitals reached 1,792 patients said the spokesperson.

Today's reported case includes 15 Kuwaiti national, 80 Indian, 10 Bangladeshi, 21 Egyptian, 7 Pakistani, 5 Nepali, 3 Philippine, 2 Sri Lankan, 2 Jordanian and 4 Syrian resident.

Earlier, the ministry announced the recovery of 31 new patients.

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PACI launches digital ID cards

 

 

The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) has launched a new application, “ID Mobile Kuwait,” via which citizens and residents can obtain a digital civil identification card that can be used in various government and non-government transactions. PACI Assistant Director General Musaed Al-Asousi said yesterday that the application was launched in line with the Ministerial Resolution 1/2020, issued by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and PACI Chairman Anas Al-Saleh.

The authority has also launched another service, “Authentication,” for safe access to electronic services and transactions, in addition to e-signature site, “Signature Digital,” for electronic documents for public and private authorities.

Asousi added that the application could be effected by self-service or by referring to PACI’s bureaus. However, due to current extraordinary circumstances in the country, effecting the application with these methods is halted, thus PACI has developed another method via smart phones. The application for now solely provides issuing a digital ID card as a replacement to the material one. Digital authentication will be available soon through smart phones.

Asousi added that the application is a digital alternative to the tangible ID card, amid current circumstances related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) where PACI could not distribute IDs through conventional ways. The digital application is useful for those who cannot not get their physical IDs, kept in automated delivery machines, before work was halted on March 12, or for those whose cards expired during the time since then.

Asousi noted further that priority of giving the digital service would be for those whose IDs expired and have new ones kept in the delivery automated machines or those who applied for renewing the ID via PACI website. Exemptions for now includes newly born, those who filed for registration first time, applicants for cards who lost theirs and domestic workers.

Full information about the application are available on PACI’s website: www.paci.gov.kw. Technical support is available by emailing the website, “This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or by sending a WhatsApp message via number: 50008018. – KUNA

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KNPC announced the opening of a temporary fuel station in Mahboula

 

 

The Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) announced Tuesday the opening of a temporary fuel station in the isolated Al-Mahboula area to serve its residents in light of the special precautions taken by the government recently to protect them from the coronavirus spread.

In a statement to KUNA, KNPC said that the inauguration of the station bearing the number 502 comes as the company keen to contribute to the collective efforts undertaken by the relevant authorities in the country to help tackle the virus spread in the area. The company reiterated that all the preventive measures were adopted to ensure the safety of the station's customers and workers alike, indicating that work at the station stops during the scheduled curfew hours. On April 6, the Kuwaiti Cabinet imposed a complete isolation for the areas of Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh and Al-Mahboula, based on the decision of the health authorities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Facebook takes 9.99% stake in Reliance Jio at Rs 43,574 crore

 

 

Social media giant Facebook has picked up a 9.99 per cent stake in Reliance Industries’ Jio Platforms at Rs 43,574 crore ($5.7 billion) making it the largest FDI for minority investment in India. Jio Platforms is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited that works on digital apps, digital ecosystems and the mobile service.

The investment by Facebook put the value of Jio Platforms at Rs 4.62 lakh crore pre-money enterprise value — that is $65.95 billion at a conversion rate of Rs 70 to a Dollar.

The social media giant said it would focus on collaborating its messaging platform WhatsApp with Reliance's e-commerce venture JioMart to enable people to connect with small businesses.

The deal comes at a time when Facebook-owned WhatsApp has secured approval to roll out its digital payment service in India, according to media reports, to compete with the likes of Google Pay and Paytm.WhatsApp has 400 million users in India, its biggest market, reaching nearly 80 per cent of smartphone users in the country.

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Health Minister condemns assault on medical staff

 

 

Kuwait's Health Minister Sheikh Dr. Basil Al-Sabah stressed that assaulting the Ministry's employees and health cadres while carrying out their work is a condemned and rejected and can never be accepted under any pretext or justification.

In a statement to KUNA Tuesday, Sheikh Basil denounced the assault on one of the ministry's doctors while performing her humanitarian mission in a health center in the country.The minister pointed out that such assault does not pertain to humanity or human morals, stressing that the ministry will take all legal action against the aggressor, in order to prevent the recurrence of such shameful acts in the future.

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11850 citizens evacuated in the first phase on 75 flights within 3 days

With unparalleled success, the first phase of evacuating citizens from abroad was concluded yesterday, as 3,940 passengers arrived on the homeland yesterday on 22 flights including 14 flights for Kuwait Airways and 8 on Jazeera Airways.This makes the plan for the first phase of evacuation success with 75 flights from 16 destinations of 11,850 Kuwaiti passengers, within  3 days.

In this context, the Director General of the General Administration of Civil Aviation M. Yousef Al-Fawzan announced the end of the success of the first phase of evacuating citizens from Gulf countries and Arab countries, praising the role of the media and highlighting the plan of the higher authorities and public administration Civil aviation in implementing the directives of the Council of Ministers, especially with the concerted efforts of government agencies represented in the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Health, and General Administration of Customs.

Al-Fouzan indicated that the second plan will start tomorrow, Thursday, for a period of 3 days, and will proceed at the same pace, hoping that it will be with the same success of the first stage, stressing that the arrangements for the second stage will be under the supervision of the Ministry of Health.The second stage will witness the transfer of citizens from several Asian, African, European and American destinations over a period of three days, where about 65 flights will be conducted starting tomorrow, Thursday, and that the return of 11570 citizens.

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About 6000 Egyptian teachers expressed their desire to return to Egypt

 

 

About 6 thousand male and female teachers living in the country expressed their desire to return to Egypt, including about a thousand with their families, appealing to the Egyptian authorities to open the airspace with Kuwait and receive those who wish to return.They raised a distress call, confirming that their study leave began about two months ago, and they became stuck. 

The psychological condition of many teachers was negatively affected, and that they are ready to bear the expenses of their travel, even their quarantine in Egypt, provided that it is in a low-cost location.Many teachers believe that the delay in repatriating them after two months of waiting threatens to blow up their summer vacation that they used to spend with their families, and make them continue to work after the crisis has ended within the framework of the new school year, which means doubling the pain of separation between teachers, mothers and their children, teachers and their families Teachers rushed to the authorities of their country to take their hands and operate flights to return them, taking into account all health measures and without compromising their financial capabilities.

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85 new coronavirus cases today; Total raised to 2080

 

 

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146 Citizens transferred to quarantine who were repatriated In 1st day

 

 

The Ministry of Health said Monday 146 citizens who were repatriated yesterday were transferred to mandatory quarantine while the remaining 2,933 were sent to home quarantine. Six persons were transferred to Jaber Al-Ahmad Hospital because medical workers testing incoming passengers at the airport suspected that they have coronavirus symptoms, MoH’s Assistant Undersecretary for Technical Affairs Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Mutairi said.

Al-Mutairi, also the supervisor on medical testing facilities at Kuwait International Airport, said four cases were transferred to different hospitals to continue their treatment they were undergoing abroad.Al-Mutairi said 3,089 Kuwaiti citizens were repatriated on 27 flights yesterday.

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About 6000 Indian violators benefited from the deadline and the expected date for them to start leaving Kuwait, May 5

 

 

The Commander of the Accommodation and Evacuation Force, Major General Abdin Al-Abidin, announced that 6,000 expatriates of Indian nationality had progressed to reception schools for a ministerial decision that began early this month and ends on April 30th.Al-Abideen pointed out that the reception centers have completed the procedures of thousands of violators of Indian nationality and have been referred to accommodation centers, pointing out that the concerned authorities have contacted the Indian embassy in the country to end the procedures of violators who do not have passports or travel documents, by extracting new travel documents for them so that they can complete their procedures in preparation for their deportation from the country.

Kuwait ensures that they are transferred to their countries without bearing any financial cost, as well as providing all aspects of subsistence throughout their stay in the accommodation schools from food, drink and health care until the date of their trips to their countries, indicating that there is a medical team that inspects all applicants to benefit from the deadline and Ensure that they are not infected with the new corona virus, which means that all those leaving from Kuwait are healthy and not infected with corona.

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Partial curfew from 4 PM To 8 AM, Holiday extended till May 28th

 

 

Cabinet to change partial curfew timing during the holy month of ramadan, the new curfew hours will be from 4pm to 8am Mahboula & Jleedb Under Isolation until Further Notice The cabinet approved the continued halt to all businesses in government agencies until the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Delivery service, including food delivery, is permitted from 5 pm to 1 am

Two weeks ago, the Council of Ministers approved the extension of public holidays, including the suspension of all business activities, to April 26, and the extension of the curfew until six in the morning. On March 21, Kuwait announced the implementation of a partial curfew from five in the evening until four in the morning, which came as many did not follow the instructions of the Ministry of Health regarding not gathering to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

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Second day of the massive evacuation of citizens from abroad

 

 

Airplanes began flocking to Kuwait Airport today, Monday, the second day of the massive evacuation of citizens from abroad.
Kuwait Airport received the first flights of the second day of the airlift designated to evacuate Kuwaiti citizens from abroad, on the plane of Jazeera Airways from Dubai.A Kuwait Airways flight from Dubai arrived at Kuwait Airport.

Jazeera Airways on Sunday operated 15 flights to repatriate Kuwaiti citizens at the behest of the Kuwaiti government and civil aviation authorities, while Kuwait Airways operated a total 12 flights to bring overseas nationals back to Kuwait due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) worldwide.

Jazeera Airways has put its fleet of 14 planes at the disposal of the Kuwaiti government to bring in Kuwaiti citizens abroad, along with medical supplies needed by the country under these circumstances.

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Visa renewal procedures during lockdown

 

 

Due to the present situation and the closure of public institutions, the ministry of interior has provided more e-services on its official website www.moi.gov.kw to allow residents to renew their visas. Recently, the ministry extended the validity of all visas that expired from March 1 onwards till May 31, 2020. This includes all kinds of visit visas and all types of residency visas.

Apart of this temporary renewal, and after May 31, expats can renew their visas as following:
For holders of article 18 visas (expat employees working in the private sector): The employer should renew the visas of its employees after registering the company at the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) and receiving a special code to complete the procedure of visa renewal online.

The mandoub should personally visit PAM to receive the code. The applicant (representative of the company who has the code) should then apply for the medical insurance of each employee online through the official website of the ministry of health www.moh.gov.kw after paying the fees.

Then the applicant should visit www.moi.gov.kw and register the company to receive a code with a username and password that will be used for all applications. The applicant then clicks on General Department for Residency’s renew residency tab and enters the ID and password to complete the visa renewal process.

For holders of article 20 visas (domestic helpers): The sponsor (kafeel) should apply for the medical insurance of the domestic worker on his sponsorship online through the official website of the ministry of health www.moh.gov.kw after paying the fees. The sponsor should then register an account on www.moi.gov.kw to receive a username and password. He then clicks on General Department for Residency’s renew residency tab and enters the ID and password to complete the visa renewal process of his workers.

For holders of article 22 visas (family dependents): The sponsor (husband, father, mother, son, daughter and others) should apply for the medical insurance of the family member on their sponsorship online through the official website of the ministry of health www.moh.gov.kw after paying the fees. The sponsor should then register an account on www.moi.gov.kw to receive a username and password. They then click on the General Department for Residency’s renew residency tab and enter the ID and password to complete the visa renewal of the dependent.

For holders of article 24 visas (self-sponsors): It’s the same procedure as visa 20 and visa 22, where the applicants does the medical insurance for himself and renews the visa for himself as well. Other visa types have not been added yet to the e-service on www.moi.gov.kw, but the three-month visa extension is available for them.

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Kuwaiti flag adorns the Swiss Matterhorn mountain with an area of ​​1000 meters

 

 

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Since the emergence of the Corona virus crisis in Switzerland, different icons have been shown every night on the iconic Matterhorn mountain in Switzerland.

This came from the desire of the village of Zermatt to make this lighting a symbol of hope, as the village is in solidarity with all those who are currently suffering and gratitude towards everyone who helps overcome this crisis. A night was dedicated to lighting the Matterhorn Mountain for the people of Kuwait.

Those in charge of this activity explained that while many countries suffer from the Corona virus, we are giving hope and strength to the people of Kuwait and their residents.And Matterhorn is shining specially for them tonight. Together, we will overcome this crisis.They added: So we lit the Kuwait flag on the Matterhorn, measuring over 1,000 meters.We express our full solidarity with Kuwait and hope that this sign will give hope and courage to all peoples.

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Ramadan moonsighting committee to convene this Wednesday

 

 

Kuwait’s Ministry of Justice announced Sunday, that the Ramadan moonsighting committee will meet this coming Wednesday, Shaaban 29th for the year 1441 AH (April 22), in order to sight the holy month’s crescent of Ramadan.

In a statement, the ministry said that the meeting will be held at the headquarters of the Supreme Judicial Council headed by the head of the Supreme Judicial Council and the head of the Cassation and Constitutional Courts, Counselor Yosef Al-Mutawa, and in the presence of the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, Counselor Dr. Fahad Al-Afasy.

The Ministry called on citizens, residents and those who manage to watch the Ramadan’s crescent to contact the authority at the following number (25376934).

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Important Message From Indian Ambassdor - Kuwait

Important Message From Indian Ambassdor - Kuwait

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Let us Fight with Corona & Hungry too..!
We had interactions with Indian Embassy officials in Kuwait recently in view of Covid-19 situation.
It is a global
crisis as well know and this affects each and every individual living in every corner of the world. As you all must have understood, a few of us are lucky to earn salary during these tough times while many are not that lucky even to maintain their livelihood.
In Kuwait, we have plenty of such unfortunate laborers such as drivers, maids, hair cutters and blue collar workers of many kinds.
They are not in a position to work to earn their livelihood while they need to pay rent in addition to cook their food.
It is difficult to Embassy officials only to reach all such poor and unfortunate laborers whose lifeline is in trouble. We have to Join with them.
The embassy officials encourage the fortunate class to address the needs of this unfortunate group near to their living areas for at least meeting their needs of food.
It is time for fortunate group to think about such unfortunate class to reach them and support as much as they can. Let us not wait for situation to worsen further and deteriorate.
This is testing time for all of us and let us make our sincere efforts to make ends meet so that human kind gets through this crisis situation.
If not possible by us pl spot out and give details of areas need help, and inform to embassy. then they will find a solution.
Let us form a team and wats up group for proper and quick communication.
Volunteers are welcome and can be formed by themselves by area wise with known friends.

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😄😄Note: Happy to share that....
Indian Frontliners with the support of friends, already doing distribution of Food items in kuwIt & in India to the needy.
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Indian Embassy Emergency Consular number:
00965-22519532
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Embassy Officers:
http://www.indembkwt.gov.in/officers.php

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Zain changes network name to ‘Shlonik’

 

 

Zain, the leading digital service provider in Kuwait, announced changing its network’s name to ‘Shlonik’ in line with the Ministry of Health and the country’s efforts to launch the ‘Shlonik’ app, which coincides with the inauguration of the government’s plan to evacuate citizens stranded abroad. ‘Shlonik’ translates to ‘how are you’ in the Kuwaiti dialect.

Zain recently changed its network’s name to STAY HOME in line with the directives of the Council of Ministers to remind its customers to commit to staying at home as much as possible and contribute to ending this pandemic together.

Zain Vice Chairman and Group CEO Bader Nasser Al-Kharafi said: “Changing the name of Zain’s network to ‘Shlonik’ came to coincide with the launch of the app that holds the same name.Kharafi noted that changing the name of Zain’s network to ‘Shlonik’ came to remind customers of the importance of downloading the app on their smartphones and contribute to minimizing contact as much as possible, as well as making sure that everyone is committing to home quarantine instructions and MoH’s directives.

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