Sports activities shut for month
KUWAIT CITY, Feb 6: In a meeting to be held on Monday, the Cabinet will discuss several suggestions and recommendations presented to it in light of the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases.
According to informed sources, some decisions are expected to be issued in this regard. The expected decisions include imposing a partial lockdown from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am from February 21 to March 7, and reducing the percentage of manpower in the government sector from 50 percent to 30 percent in all institutions.
The recommendation of closing the airport is still on the table, and necessary decisions in this regard will be taken on Thursday. In a bid to ease measures for the citizens, the government is looking into cancelling the institutional quarantine and partial lockdown, and instead closing the airport for 14 days.
Meanwhile, the Public Authority for Sports has called on clubs and sports clubs to stop their sporting activities for one month, which can be renewed for a further period, taking into account the exceptional conditions that the country is going through due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and the rapid spread of new variants of the virus.
This came during a meeting at the authority’s headquarters which was held to discuss the recent Cabinet decision on combating the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic, and was attended by Sheikh Hamoud Al-Mubarak, Deputy Director of the Authority for the Construction and Maintenance Sector, and Dr Saqr Al-Mulla, Deputy Director for Competitive Sports Affairs.
The authority confirmed the continuation of the ban on gatherings within sports bodies of all kinds and whatever their cause, and in particular the general assemblies, whether ordinary or extraordinary, as well as stopping the registration of new members and the payment of annual subscriptions until further notice, which comes into effect next Sunday until further notice.
The Sports Authority called on the federations that have foreign ‘engagements’ to submit a ‘letter of exception’ to the concerned authorities, provided that the tripartite committee comprising members from the authority, Olympic and Health continues its meetings to assess the new situation, and notifies the federations and clubs accordingly.
Meanwhile, within the framework of the national action plan to fight against coronavirus which coincides with increasing the number of covid-19 vaccine recipients, Ministry of Health Spokesperson Dr Abdullah Al-Sanad said the ministry launched training courses for medical staff in charge of administering the vaccine safely under the supervision of Head of the Infectious Diseases Control Department in the Public Health Sector Dr Hamad Bastaki, reports Al-Jarida daily.
In a press statement, Al-Sanad revealed the training courses are for the following:
● Medical staff who will vaccinate employees in some security sectors,
● Medical staff in Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) who will vaccinate employees in the oil sector,
● Medical staff in Masayel Health Center in the South and Naseem Health Center in the North,
● Medical staff providing healthcare services in the centers taking care of the disabled under the Public Authority for Handicapped Affairs and Elderly Care Centers of the Ministry of Social Affairs.
He added the training courses will continue in order to include the medical staff in other sectors and various ministries, coinciding with the start of the expansion of the anticoronavirus vaccination campaign. He also expressed appreciation for the efforts exerted by the Infectious Diseases Control Department headed by Dr Hamad Bastaki, as well as the medical personnel in the ministry and other entities.
By Khaled Al-Hajeri, Abdul-Rahman Al-Shimmari, Fares Al-Abdan and Khalid Al-Enezi Al-Seyassah / Arab Times Staff