Curfew concern over ICU pressure; Kuwait administers over 2.3mn jabs

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KUWAIT CITY, July 5, (Agencies): More than 2,375,455 doses of anti-Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Kuwait since the beginning of the vaccination campaign, Health Ministry’s Spokesman Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad said on Sunday. The number of those who received a single dose of the vaccine hit 1,452,148, while 923,307 others obtained two shots, he added in a press statement, stressing the continuation of the campaign. Al-Sanad extolled efforts of all medical, technical and voluntary teams, as well as cooperation of all State’s bodies over the past period. He affirmed continuation of providing services to the country’s targeted segments so as to reach herd immunity.

The average occupancy rate of Coronavirus (Covid-19) wards in hospitals increased to nine percent during last week, while registering 10 percent in intensive care units (ICU), Ministry of Health announced Monday. Ministry spokesman Dr. Al- Sanad called on public to abide by health precautions and register for Covid-19 vaccinations. Al-Sanad expressed his trust in awareness of public to find a way out of this pandemic with the best results.

Consultant of Internal and Epidemiological Diseases at Al- Adan Hospital, Dr. Ghanem Al- Hujailan, has expressed his concern about the increase in Corona infected people in intensive care units of public hospitals, saying 299 cases were recently admitted to the ICU which may force the country to partial curfew. Al-Hujailan told Al-Seyassah daily that of the most important reasons for the curfew is the inability of the health system to accommodate an increasing number in the ICU, despite the Ministry of Health increasing the number of ICU beds recently by converting some of the wards designated for Covid- 19 care into intensive care units but is not sufficient to cover the increasing number of infections, which may prompt decision-makers to return to the curfew as a last resort to keep in check the increasing number of cases.

He called on the Ministry of Health to intensify vaccination campaigns to reach the required herd immunity, stressing the need to present data and information on vaccination clearly and in detail so that everyone can know and assess the health situation in the country. He noted despite the number of doses given in the country which has exceeded 2.3 million, the average number of fully vaccinated (two doses) of the Pfizer and Oxford vaccines is approximately 923,307 people – an estimated 14 percent of the population, stressing that this percentage is not at all sufficient to reach the required societal immunity.

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