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Thousands take 2nd dose of Astra; 1,437 more COVID-19 infections

KUWAIT CITY, June 12: The Oxford-Astrazeneca’s second dose Covid-19 vaccination campaign, has inoculated tens of thousands of people since Wednesday, and is set to continue through the weekend, Ministry of Health said Friday. Director of the Public Health Department Dr. Fahad Al-Ghimlas stated to KUNA that the “White army” is ready complete the national vaccination campaign at the main two vaccination centers and health canters. Dr. Al-Ghimlas clarified that COVID-19 vaccinations are available at 24 health centers, including Jaber Al-Ahmad Armed forces Hospital, Kuwait oil Company (KOC), besides both elderly care center and prisons. He also expressed gratitude for all MoH staff for their huge efforts in helping citizens and residents in order to get vaccinated. Dr. Al-Ghimlas thanked all people at the “Ask Me” reception desk to answer any questions and solve technical issues. Moreover, he expressed sincere appreciation to Interior’s Ministry, Civil Defense unit, Kuwait Red Crescent and Kuwaiti Fire Service Directorate for maintaining safety and comfort of people during the vaccination process. He also pointed out that people must adhere to their appointment in order to avoid congestions.

Kuwait said 1,437 people tested positive for coronavirus while four related deaths were reported on Saturday, taking the total up to 326,451 and 1,817, respectively, according to the health ministry. Another 1,317 people were cured of the virus, raising the total of those to have overcome the disease to 308,829, ministry spokesman Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad told a press conference. The number of people hospitalised with the virus currently stands at 15,805, with 161 of them in intensive care units, he added, revealing that some 10,067 swab tests were conducted over the last day out of a total of 2,741,423. He went on to urge nationals and expatriates alike that abiding by health precautions, mainly, following social distancing rules, is the only way to halt the spread of the virus. British health authorities have warned that the COVID-19 Delta variant, initially discovered in India, is more resistant to current vaccines compared to other variants. Now the dominant variant in the UK, Delta, also known as B.1.617.2, is more contagious and spreads faster than the UK variant, Alpha, according to research conducted by Public Health England, (KUNA).

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