KUWAIT CITY, Feb 11 (Agencies): Kuwait’s Ministry of Health announced Thursday the launch of five additional COVID-19 vaccination centers, bringing the total number to 15 centers, in addition to two halls at Kuwait International Fairs Ground in Mishref Area. The new vaccination centers are located in South Khaitan Health Center in the Farwaniya Health District, the Abdulrahman Al-Zaid Health Center in the Hawally Health District, the Northwest Sulaibikhat Health Center in the Capital Health District, and the Sabah Al-Ahmad Health Center in Al-Ahmadi Health District and Al-Nahdha Health Center in Al-Jahra Health District, added ministry statement.
Earlier in the week, the Ministry announced the launch of COVID-19 vaccination center at Al-Masayel Health Centers, Al-Naseem Health Center, Meteb Obaid Al-Shalahi Health Centers, and Al-Siddeeq Health Center, Hamad Al-Humaidhi and Sheikha Al-Sadirawi Health Center. Vaccinations are also offered in Northern Ardhiya Health Center, Salwa Specialist center, Hamad Al-Saleh Health center, East Ahmadi Health Center and Jaber Al-Ahmad center.
An annual report on developments in the epidemiological situation in Kuwait and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries since the beginning of the Corona pandemic until the end of 2020 showed Kuwait ranks second in the Gulf in terms of the death rate, with 217 deaths per million people, and third rank in terms infection rate with 35,004 cases, and fifth (penultimate) in terms of the number of PCR swabs, with 291,695 per million people. The report, a copy of which has been obtained by the Al-Seyassah daily, confirms that the epidemiological curve of the State of Kuwait until the end Dec 31, 2020 is 150,584 recorded new cases of corona, at a rate of 35,004 per million people, in addition to 934 deaths, a rate of 217 cases per million people.
The report also showed a clear increase in infections during May last year, then a significant decrease while maintaining this decline until mid-November, noting the success of preventive measures in the State of Kuwait helped greatly in reducing the number of cases. Regarding the rate of cases per million people in other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, the report indicated Bahrain tops the GCC countries with a rate of 53,413 cases, followed by Qatar with a 51,226 cases, Kuwait with 35,004, Oman with 24,924 in fourth place and the UAE in fifth place with 20,887, and finally the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which ranks sixth and last with an average of 10,340 cases per million people.
With regard to the comparison between the numbers of PCR swabs per million people in the GCC, Kuwait ranked fifth with 291,695 swabs, followed by Oman with 110,527, the UAE ranked first with 2,099,587 swabs, followed by Bahrain with 1,361,140 swabs in second place, Qatar ranked third with 442,127 swabs, and Saudi Arabia ranked fourth with 313,844 swabs. On the death rate in the Gulf Cooperation Council Oman ranked first with 290 deaths, Kuwait was second with 217 deaths, followed by Bahrain 203 deaths then came in Saudi Arabia with 177, Qatar 87, and finally the UAE with 67 deaths.
The Minister of Oil, Minister of Electricity and Water, Dr Muhammad Al- Faris, has asked the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Electricity and Water to commission Eng Jassem Al-Nouri and other senior officials of the ministry, to study the Civil Service Commission letter about rewards to front row workers from all aspects. Minister Al-Faris said in a press statement yesterday he is keen to protect the rights of employees who worked on the frontlines during the pandemic in line with laws and regulations governing the issue of bonuses.