KUWAIT CITY, Feb 22, (Agencies): Vaccinated people appear to be well-protected against the coronavirus but are likely to develop “mild symptoms” in case of re-infection, Kuwait’s health ministry has said, allaying concerns about the efficacy of the shots. Non-essential surgeries in Kuwait have been halted to ensure that healthcare facilities are prepared to manage a potential influx of COVID-19 cases, as health ministry data continues to show an upward trajectory of new infections, said spokesman Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad.
Conversely, the number of people to have recovered from COVID-19 in Kuwait has slightly increased, with the recovery rate now at 93.5 percent, a figure that still pales in comparison with the current pace of infection, added the spokesman.
He revealed that the ratio of positive tests to total swabs sits at 12.8 percent, which indicates that the infection rate has not yet slowed, subsequently triggering a spike in hospital admissions for COVID-19. Despite the rising numbers, with 80 virus-induced deaths seen this month alone, the spokesman stressed that the national healthcare system remains well-prepared to deal with the outbreak.
The Al-Sabah Specialized Medical District has begun vaccinating health workers from more than 20 hospitals and specialized medical centers with the “Covid-19” vaccine, reports Al- Jarida daily.