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570 new coronavirus infections; 406 recover

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 21: Kuwait listed 570 new coronavirus infections and no virus-related deaths on Thursday taking the total cases up to 159,834 as deaths remain unchanged at 951 respectively, the health ministry said. The number of people hospitalised with the virus currently stands at 6,057, with 51 of them in intensive care units, according to ministry spokesman Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad, who revealed that some 10,712 swab tests were conducted over the last day out of a total of 1,436,192. The ministry had earlier reported that some 406 more people had been cured of the virus over the past day, raising the total of those to have overcome the disease to 152,826.

Precautions
He went on to urge nationals and expatriates alike that abiding by health precautions, mainly, following social distancing rules, is the only way to halt the spread of the virus. In another development, the Ministry of Health announced rescheduling coronavirus vaccination appointments, as shipments from the manufacturing company (Pfizer/ Biontech) would be delayed for Kuwait and the whole world, because of the halt in factory’s production to expand it.

The company will not export the amount of vaccination agreed upon to the countries for a period of time, but the ministry will reschedule dates to ensure a continuous vaccination campaign, the ministry told KUNA in a statement on Thursday. The coronavirus situation in Kuwait is “stable”, Dr. Al-Sanad said, but called for adhering to the preventive measures to avoid a rise in cases.

Speaking at a news conference, Al- Sanad noted that the number of people who deserve coronavirus vaccines at present hit 2,775,000 after excluding those who are below 16 years. He hoped all people could receive COVID-19 vaccines throughout the year, pointing to the global competition of demand for the vaccines. “We are receiving vaccines periodically through phases,” he said, hoping for getting more doses in the next months to help those who want vaccination. The MoH has created an appropriate environment to store vaccines, in line with the standards set by the manufacturers, he pointed out. No doses have been damaged so far for any reason, he stressed.

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