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KUWAIT CITY, April 26, (Agencies): Kuwait’s Ministry of Health has announced recording 1,545 new coronavirus infections and five related deaths in the past 24 hours. The new figures take the total cases in the country up to 266,949 and deaths to 1,516 respectively, noted the ministry’s spokesman Dr Abdullah Al-Sanad in statements to KUNA on Wednesday. He pointed out that some 1,441 more people had been cured of the virus over the past day, raising the total of those who have overcome the disease to 250,074. He added that the number of people hospitalized with the virus currently stands at 15,359, with 222 of them in intensive care units.
Al-Sanad revealed that some 8,047 swab tests were conducted over the last day, bringing the total to 2,280,865. He renewed calls for nationals and expatriates alike to abide by health precautions to curb the spread of the virus (KUNA) The Ministry of Health (MoH) decided to set aside the remaining second shipment of AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine – around 129,000 doses – for the second dose of people who got the first dose in early February and administer Pfizer vaccine to those registered on the vaccination platform who wish to be vaccinated in the next few days, reports Al-Jarida daily quoting sources.
Sources explained the ministry took the decision in view of the possibility that the third shipment of AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine from Russia will be delayed. Sources said the ministry expects the third shipment to arrive next week. Sources confirmed the abundant supply of Pfizer vaccine as 14 shipments have arrived since the end of December till date, while stressing that the ministry continues to use the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine which is safe and effective in protecting people against covid- 19.