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29 May 2020 | 05:40 PM UTC

Kuwait: Authorities ease COVID-19 measures from May 31 /update 19

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Authorities announce easing of COVID-19 measures from May 31; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/29/2020, 5:00 PM until 6/30/2020, 5:00 PM (Asia/Kuwait). COUNTRY/REGION Kuwait

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On Thursday, May 28, Kuwaiti authorities announced that measures in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic would be eased from Sunday, May 31. The full curfew imposed on May 10 is to be replaced with a partial curfew between the hours of 18:00 and 06:00 (local time). However, the areas of Farwaniya, Khaitan, Hawally, Nuqra, and Maidan Hawally are to be placed into a lockdown indefinitely due to a spike in cases. The government will provide food, medical aid, and gas for cooking to those in isolated areas. Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah stated that normal life would gradually resume from May 31 without giving further details of what measures would be eased.

Previously, on May 19, Kuwaiti authorities announced plans for the deportation of foreign workers who violate ongoing COVID-19 measures. The announcement also covered mechanisms to evacuate foreign workers still in Kuwait, as well as the promotion of a campaign to halt the arrival of additional workers from abroad.

Separately, expatriates whose residency cards have expired between March 1 and May 31 will be given three-month extensions. The extensions exclusively apply to those present in Kuwait.  

As of Friday, May 29, there have been 24,112 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kuwait, with 185 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.


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 March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble 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.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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