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NO AIRPORT, BORDER CLOSURE SEEN; Health status ‘stable’

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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 28: The Kuwaiti Cabinet held an extraordinary meeting at Bayan Palace on Sunday, under the chairmanship of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al- Sabah. Following the special session, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah stated that the ministers were briefed by the Minister of Health about the global epidemiological situation, particularly after emergence of the new variant of the coronavirus, Omicron, in South Africa and other African countries. In this respect, the minister of health assured his peers that the health status in the State of Kuwait was stable, noting that there were no coronavirus cases at hospitals’ intensive care units and there was a drop in the infection cases.

However, the minister advised the cabinet with respect of the necessity to take precautions for the arrivals in the country from some countries and update quarantine measures for the coming people for sake of maintaining the relevant positive indexes. The ministers for their part expressed satisfaction at the local stable health situation but urged citizens and residents not to be complacent with respect of adhering to the health conditions, namely wearing masks. Moreover, they affirmed necessity of taking the third booster jab of the anti-coronavirus vaccine for sake of individuals and society’s wellbeing. Kuwait Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense (MoD) Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Sabah said on Saturday that the airport, and the land and maritime borders will not be shut down. Sheikh Hamad, also head of the ministerial coronavirus emergency committee, made the statement to KUNA after a meeting by the committee following the emergence of a new variant of coronavirus in some African countries.

He said that the committee discussed the steps relating to the developments of the new variant in a number of African countries and decisions taken in this regard. He noted that there are some steps to be followed by those who are inside and outside Kuwait as a result of this strain. “The mutated virus is dangerous and all countries have decided to halt flights from nine African countries,” he said. This was recommended by the committee and flights will be suspended from some other countries, Sheikh Hamad Jaber noted. The minister stressed that “the country’s health situation is excellent, thanks to Allah Almighty and the efforts of our heroes at the Ministry of Health.” , (KUNA)

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