KUWAIT CITY, February 23: In the past 48 hours since Kuwait International Airport reopened to arriving passengers at dawn on Sunday, 48 flights with 1,442 passengers on board have arrived – 989 citizens and 453 domestic workers, reports Al-Rai daily. In a recent statement to the daily, Director of Operations, Directorate-General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) Mansour Al-Hashemi announced that 25 planes with 713 passengers on board arrived on Sunday – 382 citizens and 331 domestic workers.
He said the number of flights on Monday at 7:00 p.m. had reached 22 flights with 729 passengers – 607 citizens and 122 domestic workers. He added that the majority of passengers are from other Gulf states, Turkey and India. He confirmed that all of these arrivals have been PCR tested and are currently being quarantined in designated hotels across the country.
He claimed that everyone who came to the country was registered on the “Kuwait Mosafer” platform for citizens and on “Belsalamah” for domestic workers. Confirmation that they have completed all procedures according to the guidelines of the authorities concerned, including the PCR test certificate and hotel reservation for those who need to undergo institutional quarantine.
In the meantime, the Ministry of Health is looking into the possibility of exempting those who received the coronavirus vaccine from the mandatory quarantine that is normally granted to travelers returning from abroad or those who have come into contact with those infected with the virus , Al-Rai reports daily. Reliable health sources told the daily that the application of such a measure is likely to coincide with the achievement of an adequate vaccination rate for the target population, which is expected to be completed next April, given efforts to expand the group of vaccine recipients.
The sources stressed that “with the acceleration in vaccination rates and continued availability of vaccines expected by the end of Ramadan, the lockdown will become history. The spokesman for the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health, Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad announced that 18,452 people completed their vaccination yesterday. Al-Sanad noted that this shows the amount of effort being made to take in the greatest number of people possible.
He also mentioned that the number of cases in the intensive care unit has reached 46 since the beginning of January, while it hit 153 on February 18, and the death toll hit 25 and in February 80. The ministry official revealed that the percentage of cases recovered has reached 93.6 percent, up 0.1 percent, and the total number of cases recovered has reached 14,706 since the beginning of February.
He pointed out that the number of infections has increased by 13.1 percent, as 19,146 cases have been recorded since early February. He urged nationals and expatriates alike that following health precautions, especially following the rules of social distancing, is the only way to stop the virus from spreading.