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Kuwait confirms 17 new coronavirus cases, total infections up to 225



Health Ministry announced that 17 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases were discovered in Kuwait within the last 24 hours, bringing the total of infections to 225.


Residency violators are exempt from paying fines, provided they leave the country between April 1 and 30.



Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Anas Al-Saleh issued a decree whereby residency violators are exempt from paying fines, provided they leave the country between April 1 and 30.

The decision set a number of conditions for expats who wish to leave the country during the coming month of April. The decision states that foreigners may leave the country and return unless they are prohibited for another reason.  It allows violators who have administrative or judicial obstacles to leaving the country to have their cases reviewed at General Administration of Residence Affairs in accordance with the provisions and legal rules.

The decision stresses that whoever does not leave within the deadline granted for the violators will be subject to the prescribed penalties and will not be authorized to reside in Kuwait and be deported from the country


26 workers arrested and will be deported for violating residency laws



A number of fishermen were arrested for sleeping in boats and fishing vessels during a campaign organized by the Ministry of Interior (MOI) at the Souk Sharq.

The head of the Joint Committee team, Muhammad Al-Dhafiri revealed to Al Rai daily that legal action would be taken against those expats who do not have the valid documents related to the fishermen profession.  A total of 26 workers were arrested in Nuqat Shamlan and will be deported from the country for violating residency laws. Around 175 fishermen were arrested and taken to various police stations of the Capital Governorate.


Council of ministers decided to halt the taxi service

The council of ministers yesterday decided to halt the taxi service as it continues to take steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus where some 208 cases have been reported.Government spokesman Tareq Al-Mazrem said after a cabinet extraordinary meeting that food supplies in the country are at excellent level, adding that the cabinet asked Kuwait Supplies Co. to cover any shortage in essential food items whether from inside the country or from abroad.

He said that authorities are preparing to make cooperative societies and supermarkets make online sales instead of customers visiting them in a bid to minimize gatherings.Mazrem stressed that imports are continuing by air and sea and there is no shortage of goods.He said the cabinet also decided to provide an extra one-month pay to all Kuwaiti students abroad whether they are on scholarship or on their own.

The spokesman said that the cabinet decided to stop allowing journalists to attend press conference in person but will be broadcast remotely.Mazrem appealed to the public to stay at home even when curfew is over, saying that it does not mean that people should go out when curfew is lifted.He reiterated that the government has not taken any decision regarding making the curfew total, but he insisted the government is prepared to take all options.-K.T.


Indian FM Nirmala Sitharaman  announced Rs 1.7 lakh crore stimulus package



Unveiling relief measures to deal with the impact of the countrywide lockdown due to coronavirus, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced a Rs 1.7 lakh crore package under Garib Kalyan Yojana that would largely benefit unorganised sector workers, especially daily wage workers, and urban and rural poor.

The relief measures were announced a day after the country went into a 21-day lockdown to break the chain of transmission of coronavirus, which has so far infected more than 600 people and led to 13 deaths.

“A package is ready for the poor who need immediate help like migrant workers and urban and rural poor. No one will go hungry. The package is worth Rs 1.7 lakh crore,” Nirmala Sitharaman, who is heading the COVID-19 task force, said at a press conference.


Minister says decision soon on unpaid private sector wages



Minister of Social Affairs Mariam Al-Aqeel said yesterday she is currently considering how to deal with private sector employers who have not paid their staff. “We will not take long to issue a decision on how to deal with this wrong situation, because how can employees meet their financial commitments if they don’t get paid,” the minister said on Kuwait TV. The issue concerns thousands of expatriate workers who make up the overwhelming majority of the private sector workforce.

The ministry has the power to force employers to pay wages and can use the guarantee money deposited with the ministry to pay unpaid wages. Businesses in Kuwait as well as all over the world have been hit hard by the shutdowns and curfews due to the coronavirus, rendering many small businesses helpless in coping with the difficult financial situation.


MoH announced the registration of 13 new cases bringing the number of cases to 208



The Ministry of Health announced the registration of 13 new cases of coronavirus in the country during the past 24 hours, bringing the number of cases to 208 cases.The spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad, said during the press conference that the ministry held periodically to announce the latest developments in the Corona virus in the country.

Al-Sind mentioned that the number of cases receiving medical care in intensive care reached seven cases distributed in two critical cases and five in a stable situation. As for the quarantine centers, the total number of those who ended the quarantine period reached 853 people after completing the specified period for that and undertaking all preventive measures and making sure All laboratory samples are free from the virus.



Kuwait psychology association free hotline

Kuwait psychology association sets up free hotline for help during lockdown

The Kuwait Psychological Association (KPA) is providing consultation through the phone for people suffering during these uncertain times. KPA has set up a rapid intervention team to help those suffering from the psychological impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as the lockdown imposed as a countermeasure to prevent the disease’s spread.

“As part of our social responsibility, we formed a rapid intervention team that consists of psychological specialists and consultants. We set a plan of work that includes a free hotline for citizens and expats to call. We provide psychological consultations related to concerns and challenges presented by the coronavirus given by experienced psychologists who are members of KPA,” Dr Asia Al-Jeri, President of KPA told the Kuwait Times.

More services are also available. “We are cooperating with other authorities and official institutions to provide volunteers of psychological consultants to give consultation to those who are in home or institutional quarantine. And we are still working on new ideas to face the coronavirus,” she added.

“We also formed a media committee to follow-up the latest news and developments to provide media support through field visits by psychologists,” Dr Jeri stressed. “We also made awareness boards with psychological advice regarding coronavirus that was published in social media. Furthermore, we created an awareness video on coronavirus that was also made available on social media.”

Different doctors are working on the hotline in different timings as following:
Dr Rashed Al-Sahl: on Monday and Wednesday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Call 9797-6168.
Dr Fahad Al-Tasha: daily from 8:00 pm – 12:00 am. Call 9904-8258.
Dr Othman Al-Asfour: daily 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Call 9938-5350.

Dr Mohammed Al-Khaldi (head of this team): daily 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Call 9903-6470.
Dr Ahmad Al-Khaldi: daily 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Call 9910-7965.
Dr Muneera Al-Qattan: Monday and Wednesday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Call 9953-3108.

Dr Zainab Al-Saffar: Sunday and Thursday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Call 9954-9908.
Dr Sameera Al-Kandari: Tuesday 9:00 pm – 12:00 am. Call 6770-9434.
Dr Kawthar Al-Yaqout: Monday and Wednesday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Call 5521-0088.
For information and other concerns, call 9401-4283.



KOC to hand over the old Ahmadi Hospital to the Ministry of Health next week



The Executive Vice President for Administrative Affairs at Kuwait Oil Company, the company’s spokesperson, Qusai Al-Amer, said that this week the company received a request from the Ministry of Health to equip the old Ahmadi Hospital and hand it over to the Ministry of Health, to be used as an isolation hospital for cases infected with the emerging corona virus.

Al-Amer said in a special statement to "Al-Anbaa" that the company is currently working in full swing to implement some of the amendments requested by the Ministry of Health in the hospital, expecting to hand over the hospital to the Ministry of Health as soon as possible.

He stated that a delegation from the Ministry of Health will make an inspection tour of the old Ahmadi Hospital early next week to see the amendments that were implemented in preparation for the handover of the building.


45 curfew violators arrested.



Kuwait authorities have taken into custody 45 people including eight Kuwaitis and 37 expatriates for violating the partial curfew from 5pm to 4am. A partial curfew was put into force on Sunday as part of the fight against an outbreak of the coronavirus.  Kuwait is also leveling stringent punishment against violators with a jail term of up to three years or fine up to KD 10,000 dinars.Nine expatriates were arrested in Farwaniyah area on Monday evening for violating the partial curfew, and were referred to the extradition department to complete the procedures of their deportation.


Kuwaiti returnees from Lebanon, Egypt and Bahrain quarantined at resorts



The squad of the National Guard securing quarantine zones received on Wednesday a number of citizens who arrived in Kuwait from Lebanon, Egypt and Bahrain. The NG said in a statement that the repatriated citizens were quarantined at the resorts of AlJoan and Seashell and would remain at the secured locations to ensure they are free of the coronavirus. A number of senior officers were present upon arrival of the returned citizens.


Government urged people to disregard rumors and fabricated video clips



The Kuwaiti Government on Wednesday urged people of the country to disregard rumors and fabricated video clips, amid the current crisis emanating from the spreading novel coronavirus.Tareq Al-Merzem, the government spokesperson, speaking at a news conference at Seif Palace, said spreading rumors and unfounded reports intensified over the past 48 hours. “Help us to stop dissemination of the rumors .. along with fabricated video clips promoting wrong information .. do not forward these erroneous materials,” said the official spokesman.


Britain's Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus



Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has tested positive for coronavirus, his household said. Charles, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth, is 71 years old.
"The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus," Clarence House said in a statement. "He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual."
"The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus," Clarence House said. The Prince and his wife, Camilla, are self-isolating at home in Scotland.
"It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks."


With 4 new cases total infected with corona virus now at 195



Kuwait confirms 4 new corona virus cases on wednesday bringing the number of total infections to 195 said the Health Ministry.One Kuwaiti who returned from Saudi Arabia,One who returned from UK and two expats from Philipines and Somalia.


Access to cemeteries restricted to limit public gatherings



In another move to limit public gatherings amidst coronavirus fears, Kuwaiti municipal authorities have allowed only relatives of the deceased to enter cemeteries, an official revealed. Head of the Kuwait Municipality’s Funeral Affairs Directorate Faisal Al Awadi emphasized that the burial time now starts from 8am until 3pm, and the burial process has to begin upon arrival at the cemetery. Al Awadi added that no one is allowed to escort the coffin inside the hearse vehicle.



Around 300 Filipinos will be flying out of Kuwait today



Around 300 Filipinos will be flying out of Kuwait today as part of the government of Kuwait’s intent to fast track the deportation of inmates and reduce the over crowding in their jails and safe house shelters.

151 women and 16 men from the Talha deportation centre, 41 runaway maids at the Philippine embassy, 91 illegal Filipinos who turned themselves in to the Public Authority for Manpower were cleared for deportation and were waiting to board their flight at Terminal 4 which is scheduled to take off at 1.30 pm today. The deportation is being done in coordination with the Philippine embassy and POLO OWWA.

Philippines had earlier made a conditional acceptance for their nationals return citing a requirement of a PCR health certificate, which would make it known that they were coronavirus free. The Kuwait government had arranged the flight and is bearing all the expenses of travel of the deportees.Several deportees from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and India are also waiting to be deported from Kuwait as soon as their governments give clearance for their travel back home.


Robot to take care of coronavirus patients developed in Kerala



As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread in India and across the world, Kochi-based startup Asimov Robotics has developed a robot that can be deployed in hospitals to ease pressure on the medical staff. The three-wheeled robot can carry food, medical and clinical consumables and navigate freely in the hospitals. The robot has been developed in 15 days by a team of seven people.

The robot is mainly designed to be used inside isolation wards. The robot, dubbed “KARMI-BOT”, has lower and upper trays that can be loaded with food or sterile containers. Additionally, the robot also disinfects the used items as it comes out of the quarantine zone. The robot also lets doctors or relatives interact with the patients through video calling.The robot has autonomous navigation and can be used remotely as well. The advantage of deploying a robot in this scenario is to cut down on human to human contact. This will help both health workers and visitors.

The interest in the robot is increasing, even though the product has not been out yet. The company has been talking to clients in the US and the Middle East. Asimov Robotics, which is incubated within the Kerala Startup Mission, is one of the few high-tech robotics companies from India that focuses on healthcare.

In China, many hospitals have deployed high-tech robots to deliver food to patients, take patients’ temperatures, deliver medication and disinfect the facility. Similarly, the Spanish government is planning to test 80,000 patients a day using robots in a bid to fight the pandemic.

Earlier this month, the team deployed two humanoid robots at the entrance of Maker Village at the Kinfra Hi-Tech Park in Kalamassery to create awareness about the coronavirus outbreak and distribute masks and sanitisers to people who work in the Integrated Startup Complex.



Municipality closes 336 shops in all six governorates for violating coronavirus rules



The official spokesperson of Kuwait Municipality Muhammad Al-Mutairi announced that 336 commercial shops in six governorates were closed because the owners of these shops did not follow rules and regulations as well as preventive measures related to curbing the spread of coronavirus.

He told KUNA that these shops included restaurants, hair salons for both men and women, health institutes, gaming centers, and mobile shops. AlMutairi explained emergency teams from Inspection and Follow-up of Municipality Service Department conducted inspection tours of commercial shops in all governorates.

They so far checked 6,098 shops and issued 1,832 warnings. A total of 60 vital facilities, cooperative societies located in various places in Kuwait, public markets as well as 163,877 garbage containers were cleaned and sterilized.


Kuwait PM visits Interior Ministry's command center and several checkpoints



His Highness Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah visited Tuesday Interior Ministry's command center and several checkpoints set by the ministry and Kuwait National Guard (KNG) to follow up on efforts to impose the partial curfew, a measure taken to prevent spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled was accompanied during the visits by the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior, and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Anas Al-Saleh.

At the conclusion of his visits, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled commended His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for setting the guidelines for security forces to carry out their patriotic duties. He also praised the Kuwaiti leadership on the care and support given to all forces tasked with protecting citizens and residents of the country.

His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled commended Kuwaitis and residents on complying with regulations aimed at protecting the country from the coronavirus, hoping that the situation will end well for the people of Kuwait.


MoI : way for online renewal of domestic workers Article 20



The Ministry of Interior has opened the way for citizens to renew domestic workers Article 20. According to a note by the Director of Public Relations Department, Brigadier-General Tawheed Al-Kandari, the citizen can enter the website of the Ministry of the Interior and click on the link: for health insurance then link to renew the residency of domestic workers then link aspx civil ID renewal.


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