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Parliament won’t hesitate to approve coronavirus-related laws

KUWAIT, March 18: Kuwait parliament will not hesitate to approve emergency emergency laws to help confront spread of coronavirus, Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim said Wednesday.
Al-Ghanim said the parliament members were keen on convening a session to approve emergency laws in line with instructions of the Ministry of Health.

He was speaking to reporters after a meeting that grouped Minister of Social Affiars and Labor and Minister of State for Economic Affairs Maryam Al-Aqeel, and 13 MPs to discuss ongoing efforts to contain spread of COVID-19.

Al-Ghanim said he would coordinate with MPs to hold “light committee meetings before the session,” which would be held with the least number of National Assembly employees possible.
Al-Ghanim said the government submitted a draft law to toughen penalties against those violating health and preventive needs in relation to the infectious diseases act.

He said the bill aimed at taking legal action against any person with knowledge of his infection with an infectious disease and deliberately transmitted this disease to others.
Al-Ghanim said current penalties in the 1969 law were “not deterrent enough.”

Other draft laws, he said, included establishment of a crises fund.
Meanwhile, Al-Ghanim said Al-Aqeel talked about the strategic storage, evacuation of expatriates and situations in cooperative societies. (KUNA)

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