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14 Aug 2020 | 05:18 AM UTC

Kuwait: Authorities announce next stage of easing of restrictions from August 18 /update 26

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Kuwaiti authorities to begin implementing next phase of easing of COVID-19 restrictions from August 18; continue to follow authority directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/14/2020, 5:00 PM until 9/14/2020, 5:00 PM (Asia/Kuwait). COUNTRY/REGION Kuwait

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On Thursday, August 13, the Kuwaiti cabinet announced that it would start to implement the next phase of its plan to return to normality following restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from Tuesday, August 18. Under the fourth stage of the return to normalcy plan, restaurants and cafes are permitted to reopen with social distancing measures in place, public transport can resume with social distancing rules in force, and both government and private sectors can operate with 50 percent capacity of their workforce. Football matches can also resume, without the presence of spectators, as of Saturday, August 15. A number of other activities originally scheduled to come in under phase five of the plan are also being included in this next phase due to the stabilization in the COVID-19 infection rates. These include the reopening of sports clubs, gyms, barbershops, beauty salons, health resorts, and tailors. The nightly curfew between the hours of 21:00 and 03:00 (local time) will remain in place.

International flights to 20 destinations from Kuwait International Airport (KWI) resumed from Saturday, August 1, after a five-month hiatus. Arriving passengers are subject to a 14-day quarantine period and need to provide travel insurance covering the treatment of COVID-19. Departing passengers must ensure they meet the travel requirements for their destination.

As of Friday, August 14, health authorities have confirmed 74,486 COVID-19 cases, with 489 associated deaths in the country. Further spread of the virus is expected in 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). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized. 

Advice

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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