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Kuwaiti Cabinet urge citizens and expats to avoid gatherings; Decisions taken to face coronavirus

KUNA
Thursday, February 27, 2020

During its extraordinary meeting held on Wednesday under the chairmanship of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah at Seif Palace, the cabinet has taken a package of decisions to face the novel coronavirus, COVID 19, as follows:

First: Suspending all government and private schools, colleges, universities and military colleges, and Awqaf and Islamic Affairs educational centers as of March 1, 2020 until March 12, 2020.

Second: Tasking the Kuwait Supply Company with supplying local markets with sufficient quantities of face-masks to be used by citizens and expats to curb infection.

Third: Assigning the Social Affairs Ministry, in coordination with the Union of Consumer Cooperative Societies, to make available all sterilization products in all cooperative societies.

Fourth: Demanding the World Health Organization to send a specialized global medical team as soon as possible to review and assess measures taken by the state bodies to control the new coronavirus and offer their advice and recommendations.

Fifth: Assigning Acting Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs to coordinate with the Speaker to hold a special session of the parliament to allow the government to brief lawmakers about its measures to combat the virus.

Sixth: Urging all citizens and expats to avoid gatherings, which may help spread infection and the epidemic, and embody constructive cooperation as well as understand measures aiming to ensure their safety and protection from the disease, and ignore rumors and untrue information circulated.

Earlier, the cabinet has followed up the developments of the spread of the novel coronavirus after the confirmation of some cases in Kuwait and the outbreak of the disease in some other countries all over the world, mainly in the Arabian Gulf region.

The cabinet listened to a presentation by Minister of Health Dr. Sheikh Bassel Al-Sabah, head of the taskforce tasked with watching the developments of the disease, on the current implementation of the emergency plan and the precautionary measures to cure the confirmed cases in Kuwait who came from Iran.

He noted that the infected cases have been moved to a well-equipped government hospital to get treatment.

The minister stressed that those who have infected with the virus are in stable condition, referring that all necessary steps are taken, in collaboration with the Foreign Ministry, to evacuate all nationals who are in the infected countries, test them and place them under obligatorily quarantine. In addition, the ministers listened to some presentations by a number of ministers on the measures by the government bodies to face the spread of the coronavirus and means of coordination to achieve the desired goals.

The cabinet expressed its appreciation to the efforts by officials at the Ministry of Health and all government bodies to fight the virus.

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Jaya
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Preventive medicine for Corona virus available in homepathy.a German based medicine. The name of the medicine is arsenic.album-30.

Mohammed
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Dear Muneer you don’t have any rights to call anyone stupid here mind your language even my wife is working as a teacher in Dps and yes I’m also gainer this all the others schools got leave due to the situation but y not Dps and yes we do care abt our self and our wife and children are I gona be with us if anything happens to my child or wife ????? Do stop judging people around

Raj
Friday, February 28, 2020
@ Azam
Is that only a particular school or for all?

Do they have such a huge wasta to violate ministry directive in such a crucial situation?

Posting something in the website to show the compliance and doing just the opposite?

ST Reddy
Thursday, February 27, 2020
when there is an emergency , many things need to be compromised / cancelled depending on the level of criticality . The ministry had identified the situation and released clear directive to cancel the study ( including students, teaching and admin staffs) which FAIPS had posted evidently on their website , but still calling staffs to work regularly ?
They should identify and call only the essential staffs ( if any), rather cancelling leave of all the staffs .




Mr. Achayan
Thursday, February 27, 2020
@Azam
Good one, some people and expat institutions think laws of Kuwait don''t apply to them and they can get away with anything like calling staff to work on holidays etc..
All ministries should take strict action against management of such groups. Few weeks in Kuwait jail without bail should cool their enthusiasm for other people''s future..

Azam
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Dear Muneer @ Sakt Bhakt,

Thank you for your lovely and courageous reply. I hope you have great assessment and analyzing skill, please give the same courage to Kuwait Government who are over reacting according to you.

Muneer
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Dear Azam, Your wife is working in DPS. Neither you stupid or your wife the great teacher have any guts to speak this question to the school and instead coming here early morning to put your frustration!

School must have its own reason to call teachers on Sunday as it is an unplanned holidays. It is year end and many board exams are going on. They need all staff to discuss and manage the situation. Based on a ministry order, they cannot close everything all of a sudden on a fine day morning.

You are thinking about only you and your wife. But an school have to think about the future of 1000s of students. remember that. If you are unable to understand this situation, please stop your wife from this teaching job.




Comman man
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Corena virus'' dangerous but affect only who medically challenged people anyway keep clean and hygienic conditions all of your body to fight with this corena virus
Have a happy holidays

Azam
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Are you aware that DPS school is calling his teaching staff to work from Sunday.

I think this is violating the ministry decision.

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