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Partial reopening conducive to diverse national festivals

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‘Remarkable improvement in epidemiological situation’

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 24: The recently decided partial reopening in Kuwait following its lockdown measures due to the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) has led to the diversification of national celebrations this year, according to Kuwaiti specialists and academics. Speaking to KUNA separately, they said that the fact that no national celebrations were held in the country over the past couple of years had negatively affected Kuwaiti citizens, especially children. Ahmadi Health District Chief Dr. Ahmad Al-Shatti said the country is currently witnessing a remarkable improvement in the epidemiological situation involving a drop in infections and fatalities due to the Covid-19 pandemic thanks to the concerted efforts of health authorities and other government bodies.

Aftermath
The health improvement came in the aftermath of strict restrictions and measures that affected all lifestyles and social activities including the country’s annual national festivities, he said. The health official, however, boasted that Kuwait was one of the first countries that provided its people with vaccines against the virus, noting that the country’s vaccination rate hit around 85 percent of its population.

Dr. Yusuf Al-Failakawi, a professor of mass communication at Kuwait University, said that all religious and social activities, mainly Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha as well as national celebrations, were scrapped nationwide over the last couple of years owing to Covid-19 restrictions, just as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). Regrettably, all festivals and occasions were held in the virtual format as all schools and universities were shut down, he said, expecting the same thing to take place this year due to the lingering virus ramifications. By Montaha Al-Fadhli, (KUNA)

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