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Thursday , April 22 2021

Curfew talk back; Covid cases soar

Kuwait 4th in Gulf virus fight

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 28: On the basis of facing the inevitable, and despite the desperate attempts made over the past few days to bring in other measures, the “curfew” has returned to the table again, especially since the curve of new COVID- 19 cases, deaths and intensive care work continues to increase at an accelerating pace.

According to informed sources, the Minister of Health Sheikh Dr. Basel Al-Sabah will inform the political leadership that the health situation is “very critical” and that the capacity of hospitals and intensive care units are almost overwhelmed, and that what he was warning about has already happened.

The sources said, “The Ministry of Interior has failed to fulfill its pledges to tighten control and follow-up measures for ensuring abidance by the preventive health measures, as different parts of the country witnessed quite a few marches and gatherings to celebrate the national holidays, as seen on the social media and other media platforms.

Indeed, gatherings and other celebratory activities moved to residential neighborhoods, chalets, farms, Jaber Bridge and Subbiya. The governorates of Jahra and Ahmadi were the most out-of-control”. At the same time, the sources affirmed that Kuwait Municipality has become almost absent from the scene, as commercial centers and malls have been crowded with customers throughout the holidays without any regard for the preventive health measures, indicating that most of the shops were open even after 8:00pm, which was in violation of the Cabinet’s decision.

Accused
They said the Minister of Public Works and State Minister for Municipal Affairs Dr Rana Al-Fares is accused of neglecting the municipality- related works, and focusing on the works of the Ministry of Public Works after it failed to fulfill the requirement of maintaining roads.

The sources explained that the government decided to institutionalize people coming from outside the country, but later discovered that it could not apply the measure and thus proceeded to close the airport and land and sea ports. Since the latter turned out to be more expensive, the government may opt for a partial, temporary, or a total curfew, if necessary.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health is still struggling to make progress in the pace of COVID-19 vaccination despite Kuwait’s achievement yesterday in terms of a jump in the number of vaccinated people to reach 262,585, with a vaccination rate of 6.15 percent of the population, and an increase of 98,000 within one week. However, this jump did not lead Kuwait to exceed the fourth place within the Gulf and 41st in the world.

Accused
They said the Minister of Public Works and State Minister for Municipal Affairs Dr Rana Al-Fares is accused of neglecting the municipality- related works, and focusing on the works of the Ministry of Public Works after it failed to fulfill the requirement of maintaining roads.

The sources explained that the government decided to institutionalize people coming from outside the country, but later discovered that it could not apply the measure and thus proceeded to close the airport and land and sea ports. Since the latter turned out to be more expensive, the government may opt for a partial, temporary, or a total curfew, if necessary.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health is still struggling to make progress in the pace of COVID-19 vaccination despite Kuwait’s achievement yesterday in terms of a jump in the number of vaccinated people to reach 262,585, with a vaccination rate of 6.15 percent of the population, and an increase of 98,000 within one week. However, this jump did not lead Kuwait to exceed the fourth place within the Gulf and 41st in the world.

By Khaled Al-Hajri/Marwa Al- Bahrawi Al-Seyassah Staff

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