Coronavirus: Kuwait implements 11-hour curfew until further notice

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Kuwait imposed a nationwide 11-hour curfew from five PM to four AM starting Sunday until further notice, as part of the country’s efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus, state news agency KUNA reported.

“Regrettably non-compliance with the Ministry of Health’s instructions to stay indoors forced the government to impose the curfew,” said Anas Khaled Nasser Al-Saleh, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, in a press conference after a cabinet meeting.

He said the Civil Defense Committee would be issuing identification cards for people working in vital sectors so they could move during the curfew.

The period during which work was halted in government departments and private companies, which was scheduled to end on March 26, will be extended for another two weeks, the minister added.

The government hadwarned last week of not shying away from implementing stricter measuresin the fight against the coronavirus if the public did not adhere to the issued guidelines and laws.

“The option to impose countrywide curfew or extradite some lawless expatriate workers remains to be a final resort in case the health instructions are not heeded,” al-Saleh said in a statement to Kuwait TV last monday.

There are 176 confirmed coronavirus cases in Kuwait as of Saturday.

 

 

 

 

Al Arabiya English

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