In a step described as to avoid the worst, the Cabinet took a package of strict precautionary decisions, including suspending activities completely and partially halting others, in an effort to form a protection ceiling against Corona, after the recent high numbers of infections, intensive care admissions and wards “Covid-19” is alarming.
The Cabinet decided, in an extraordinary session held yesterday, to completely close salons and health clubs, and to close commercial activities and restaurants from 8 pm next week, while leaving the order delivery service running 24 hours.
It mandated the Civil Service Bureau to draw up a list of penalties for those who violate health requirements among government employees. The council decided to apply the institutional quarantine for a week to all those coming to the country, starting from the 21st of this month.
The council also decided to extend the delay in installments for owners of small and medium enterprises for one year. The Minister of Health, Sheikh Dr. Basil Al-Sabah, described the council’s decisions as proactive measures to preserve the health system, especially after increasing bed occupancy rates and intensive care for Corona patients, which calls for serious treatment of the disease.
He addressed the minister who is not committed to health measures and are demeaned from the distance, saying: “Fear God in your homeland and yourselves,” adding that the troubled days are ahead of us, not behind us.
For its part, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Buthaina Al-Mudhaf: “We have not detected any cases of the African strain in the country,” referring to a timetable for vaccination, which ends in the third quarter of this year, in the event that the vaccination batches arrive on time.
Procedures will be implemented starting next Sunday
1 – Close all commercial activities from 8 pm until 5 am, with the exception of pharmacies and shopping outlets for food, health, and supplies.
2 – Close restaurant reception halls from 8 pm until 5 am, provided that external orders and delivery are sufficient.
3 – Suspension of the following activities: Health clubs. Personal care shops (salons, barbershops, and spas).
4- Stopping all activities related to celebrations, renting halls, tents, catering, and others.
5- All gatherings, including the celebrations of national holidays, are prohibited.
6 – Stopping sporting activities and friendly matches.
Banning entry to non-Kuwaitis for two weeks – Preventing entry to the country for non-Kuwaitis, starting from Sunday, for a period of two weeks, with the exception of first-degree relatives of Kuwaitis and their companions who are domestic workers and workers registered on the “Balsalama” platform.
Institutional quarantine is applied at a local hotel to all those coming to the country for a period of 7 days at their own expense by registering on the “Kuwait Traveler” platform, provided that the prescribed period of quarantine is completed for another 7 days at home.
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Following the escalation of Corona’s numbers, and in order to avoid returning to square one, the Council of Ministers yesterday took strict decisions that fall in the category of preventive measures, most notably the suspension of clubs, salons, and resorts, as well as the suspension of all celebration activities, and the entry of non-Kuwaitis for a period of two weeks starting from next Sunday, with the exception of their relatives First class and household labor.
And it decided to close commercial malls and restaurants from eight in the evening, starting next week, with the exception of restaurant delivery service from this decision. The Council imposed an institutional quarantine for a week on all arrivals to Kuwait, starting from Sunday, the 21st of this month.
The Council renewed the warning about the worst and return to square one, stressing that laxity in applying the preventive requirements heralds a worsening of the epidemiological situation.
At the beginning of its work, the Council of Ministers listened to an explanation provided by Minister of Health Sheikh Dr. Basil Al-Sabah and Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Affairs Dr. Buthaina Al-Mudhaf about the latest developments and developments in the global epidemiological situation, especially with the rapid spread of new strains of the Covid 19 virus, the increasing number of infected people and the increase in deaths in The world and many countries have taken harsh precautionary measures to limit the spread of the virus.
Epidemiological situation The Council of Ministers was also informed of the health situation in the country, which is witnessing a marked increase in the number of injuries, the number of hospital admissions, and those receiving treatment in intensive care, explaining the reasons leading to the continued spread of the epidemic in Kuwait, especially among citizens, most notably travel for tourism and gatherings, and failure to comply with the requirements.
Health and preventive measures in private places. He also presented to the Council the preventive precautionary measures that must be applied to control the epidemiological situation in the country, in addition to the efforts made by the Ministry of Health to continue implementing the vaccination plan according to its stages and categories, especially after the arrival of the new “Oxford” anti-virus vaccine. “Covid 19” and licensed by global health organizations.
Apply requirements In this regard, the Council of Ministers called on all citizens and residents to cooperate seriously and comply with the guidelines and preventive health requirements and not be negligent in order to reach the desired goals, for what is in the interest of the individual and society, and work as one team to confront and eliminate this epidemic, stressing that adherence to these instructions and health guidelines and bearing social responsibility and initiative In taking the anti-virus vaccine are the main elements for a safe return to normal life, asking God Almighty safety for all.
And based on the directives of His Highness the Prime Minister regarding the owners of medium and small enterprises not being harmed by the repercussions of the Corona pandemic crisis, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Faisal Abdulrahman Al-Medlej, informed the Cabinet of the decision of the Board of Directors of the National Fund for the Care and Development of Small and Medium Enterprises regarding the postponement of installments owed by the owners Small and medium enterprises, for a period of one year, starting from the date of the end of the second postponement period, provided that this decision is studied at the end of the first six months, in order to consider the possibility of its continuation or suspension in accordance with the current requirements and implications in a timely manner, in order to help the initiators of the National Fund to overcome The obstacles they face until the economic crisis due to the Corona pandemic, which Kuwait and the world suffers from, has had a negative impact on most economic sectors, especially the small and medium enterprises category.
The most prominent decisions First: Based on the decisions of the health authorities, the following are decided: Volume 0%
1- Close all commercial activities from eight in the evening until five in the morning of the next day, with the exception of pharmacies and shopping outlets for food, health, and supplies.
2 – Close the reception halls of restaurants from eight in the evening until five in the morning of the next day, provided that external orders and delivery are sufficient.
3 – Suspension of the following activities: ■ health clubs. ■ Personal care shops (salons, barbershops, and spas).
4- Stopping all activities related to celebrations, renting halls, tents, food supplies, and others.
5- All gatherings, including those celebrating national holidays, are prohibited.
6 – Stopping sporting activities and friendly matches.
7 – Assigning the concerned authorities, each in his field of competence, to implement the provisions of the decision, and it shall be enforced as of Sunday (corresponding to 7/2/2021) for a period of one month, which can be extended.
1- Preventing entry to the country for non-Kuwaitis, as of Sunday 7/2/2021, for a period of two weeks, with the exception of first-degree relatives of Kuwaitis and their companions who are domestic workers, and workers registered on the platform in Al Salama.
2 – Institutional quarantine is applied at a local hotel to all those coming to the country for a period of 7 days at their own expense, by registering on the “Kuwait Traveler” platform, provided that the prescribed period of quarantine is completed for another 7 days at home.
For a period of one month, which can be extended, and the Technical Committee is mandated to restart commercial flights at Kuwait International Airport, in coordination with the Ministry of Information to put the decision into effect.
Third: Assigning the Civil Service Bureau to draw up a list of penalties (sanctions) for employees who violate health requirements from government agencies Minister of Health for the Neglected: Fear God in yourselves and your country The Minister of Health, Dr. Basil Al-Sabah, confirmed that Kuwait is not isolated from the world, which is witnessing an increase in the number of infections with the Coronavirus and its strains, stressing the need for cooperation in implementing health requirements to deal with the virus, as we have observed laxity in their application recently.
Al-Sabah added that achieving societal safety requires the application of conditions and adherence to them, with the same enthusiasm that was applied with it at the beginning of the epidemic, indicating the need to deal with the virus seriously to ensure that it does not return to the first square, and adherence to physical distancing and avoiding gatherings.
He pointed out that we are facing a historical turning point in one of the stages of dealing with the epidemic, noting that “unfortunately, we see manifestations of unaccountable laxity regarding adherence to health requirements, pointing out that there are many strains that have emerged around the world and we are not in isolation from them.
Bored, and I say to those who underestimate the epidemic: “Fear God in your homeland and yourselves.” He stressed the need to deal seriously with the current situation.
Buthaina Al-Mudhaf: The commitment will prevent a partial ban Buthaina Al-Mudhaf, the Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Affairs at the Ministry of Health, indicated that recent weeks have witnessed a noticeable increase in injuries, indicating that throughout the period of the pandemic, Kuwait took a number of preventive precautions, which reduced the number of injuries.
Al-Mudhaf pointed to negligence and lack of commitment to implement the requirements by some segments, an increase in travel movement by others, and a lack of wearing masks Accordingly, we recommend the application of conditions, cooperation, and physical distancing.
Al-Mudhaf clarified that no infection with the mutated strain from South Africa has been detected, and there are bodies that examine samples to monitor any mutated strains from them, referring to a time and implementation plan for dealing with vaccinations for Corona vaccines, as it was scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of this year, except That there is a delay from the manufacturers, and we have alternative plans in case appropriate quantities are obtained.
She indicated that if the health requirements are complied with, we will not need a partial ban