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04 Mar 2020 | 11:04 AM UTC

Kuwait: Government implements entry restrictions and confirms 56 COVID-19 cases March 4 /update 5

Kuwait News Alert

Entry restrictions implemented as 56 COVID-19 cases confirmed March 4; follow authority directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/4/2020, 12:00 AM until 3/31/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kuwait). COUNTRY/REGION Kuwait

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Event

The Kuwaiti government confirmed a total of 56 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country as of Wednesday, March 4. In order to control the spread of COVID-19, entry restrictions were also extended to passengers from ten countries. Those are Bangladesh, Philippines, India, Egypt, Syria, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Georgia, and Lebanon. Passengers traveling from the aforementioned countries will be prevented from entering the country without a certificate indicating they are free of COVID-19.

Further international spread of COVID-19 is to be expected over the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On February 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the risk of spread and the risk of impact of the virus is "very high" at the global level.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Individuals traveling to or from Kuwait are advised to monitor the situation and confirm travel itineraries.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue; throw the tissue away immediately, if used, and wash hands
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider
  • Adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and your home government.

In the case that symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness emerge either during or after travel, travelers are encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with their health care provider. Travelers returning from China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran, who develop symptoms of pneumonia are advised to call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to avoid potential spread of the disease.

 

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