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MP Hashem asserts 3 MERS cases here

 KUWAIT CITY, May 7: MP Safa Al-Hashem revealed that there are 3 cases of the coronavirus in Kuwait currently. She asserted that the 3rd patient is in critical condition while the other 2 have already passed away, she noted that Kuwait’s laboratories for virus examinations are not optimized for following or examining subjects entering Kuwait, and that this is due to the lack of resources and attempts to muzzle Kuwaiti doctors who expressed their concerns over this negligence. She added that Kuwait is at a geographical disadvantage, considering Kuwait’s direct neighbor is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where the coronavirus has already claimed numerous lives.

In another development, supporters of the opposition bloc criticized the human resources committee and MP Yacoub Al- Sane’s plan of holding a public survey at the Avenues regarding the strategic replacement, which is scheduled to take place tomorrow (Thursday).

Describing the plan as “foolish,” as it may lead to an incident, considering both leaders of the executive and legislative authorities are scheduled to attend. The disclosure of their attendance resulted on a number of posts throughout social networks hinting the possibility of clashes and demonstrations.

As a result, MP Yacoub Al-Sane disclosed that the management office at the Avenues mall has contacted the National Assembly office informing them that the attendance of both the Speaker of Parliament Marzouk Al-Ghanim and the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak might create political tensions which may lead to clashes.

Consequently, the Speaker, the prime minister, ministers and MPs are no longer going to attend the survey, and will monitor its progress from the National Assembly building instead, leaving the execution of the survey to National Assembly employees only. The lawmaker expressed his understanding of the concerns extended by the Avenues mall management office, but pointed out that the Norwegian prime minister takes a taxi when seeking the public’s opinion on matters.

He then wondered why some people would belittle this survey, noting that this issue concerns the Kuwaiti people and their income, therefore it is only logical to seek their opinion. Precautionary measures are being deployed in anticipation of any case of emergency, with special-forces running security drills at the Avenues mall Wednesday.

By: Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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