The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health announced on Friday, July 10, against traveling abroad due to the instability of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The move comes amid recent surges of confirmed cases in many countries worldwide.
Despite the Ministry of Health's announcement, the civil aviation administration's plan to partially reopen the Kuwait International Airport (KWI) on August 1, starting with 30 percent capacity remains in effect.
The Kuwait government previously lifted lockdowns in Mahboula, and Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh on Thursday, July 9, amid the easing of some COVID-19 restrictions. Both areas were previously declared a COVID-19 hotspot. A partial curfew remains in effect between 19:00 and 05:00 (local time) daily. The total lockdown in Hawally, Nuqra, Maidan Hawally, and some blocks in Khaitan, were also lifted on July 9.
As of Friday, July 10, health authorities have confirmed 52,007 COVID-19 cases with 379 associated deaths in the country. Further spread of the virus is 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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