KUWAIT: Criminal detectives arrested several persons who gathered in defiance of Cabinet decisions banning such activities. They were sent to concerned authorities. Meanwhile, a Kuwaiti led authorities to a woman who organized a gathering inside her home. The citizen uploaded a video clip on social media showing the gathering. The interior ministry said the video showed a woman carrying out a religious activity inside her house, prompting authorities to move to the place and arrest the woman, who faces legal action for violating the Cabinet’s decisions.
IDs confiscated In the meantime, policemen confiscated 31 IDs of men who were found in a cafe in preparation for deportation for violating ministerial decision 64/2020, which bans gatherings in public or private. The cafe was shut down and the owner was referred to court. Most of those found in the café are of Arab nationalities. Security authorities have urged the public to comply with decisions that ban holding parties, weddings and other such activities in public and private as well as receptions in diwaniyas.
Thief beaten A Kuwaiti chased a thief who drove off in his pickup truck from Mangaf to Fahaheel, where he was able to stop the suspect and beat him badly while waiting for police to arrive. The suspect was taken to hospital under guard for treatment. The pick-up owner claimed that the suspect attempted to attack him, so he had to beat him.
Reckless driver A police source said patrols in Sabah Al-Nasser spotted a reckless driver endangering the safety of others. When approached, he refused to stop and collided with the patrol vehicle and fled. Detectives are looking for him. – Translated by Kuwait Times from Al-Anbaa
KUWAIT: The Interior Ministry began Wednesday receiving residency law violators in a process that will continue until the end of the month. A large number of people showed up at two schools in Farwaniya on the first day, which the ministry had allocated for Philippine nationals, seeking to take advantage of the amnesty through which they are allowed to leave to their home country without having to pay any penalties.
“We seek to offer all assistance to facilitate departure of residency law violators,” Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Anas Al-Saleh said during a tour to oversee the first day of operations. He added that requested lists of names of violators’ sponsors, including individuals and companies, and ordered an investigation to identify visa traders and hold them accountable.
On the possibility that the government might lock down areas highly populated with expatriate communities after a number of coronavirus-positive cases appeared among workers that remain under investigation, minister Saleh noted that the health minister has authority to isolate areas in case a coronavirus spread was detected there. This includes areas highly populated with Kuwaitis or expatriates, the minister explained.
Minister of Social Affairs and State Minister for Economic Affairs Mariam Al-Aqeel, who accompanied Saleh in the tour, said meanwhile that 750 Filipino nationals came forward to leave during the first day of the grace period given for violators. “Two airplanes are ready to evacuate the first batch of Philippine labor within days,” she added.
Meanwhile, Head of the evacuation task force Major General Abdeen Abdeen said the departure is not limited to residency violators, adding that any expatriate who wishes to leave the country can come forward to concerned authorities in the predetermined locations. He said that there are 12 schools designated to lodge those leaving; six for men and six for women, with two schools in each governorate.
The Interior Ministry had issued an amnesty decision allowing residency violators to leave the country without paying any fines or airfare with a chance to return to Kuwait later. This amnesty was issued in view of the circumstances the country is currently going through and as part of the precautionary measures taken to fight COVID-19, especially since fines had been accumulating against violators.
Violators are received from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm according to the following dates and nationalities: Philippines (April 1-5, 2020), Egypt (April 6-10), India (April 11-15), Bangladesh (April 16-20), Sri Lanka (April 21-25), other nationalities (April 26-30, 2020).
Individuals desiring to procure valid residencies in Kuwait and are willing to pay the fines without being subjected to investigations will be allowed to pay the fines and legalize their status if they meet the required conditions.
KUWAIT: Kuwait yesterday banned Friday prayers and asked worshippers to pray all five times at home, practically closing mosques, in unprecedented measures as the country fights to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Government officials and the Manpower Authority meanwhile denied reports that Kuwait plans to send millions of expatriates to their home countries as part of minimizing risks of the killer disease spreading.
Government spokesman Tareq Al-Mazrem yesterday denied reports that curfew has been imposed after authorities closed public beaches and parks and police patrols were seen asking people to leave beaches and stay home. The traffic department used drones to make public announcements that gatherings are prohibited.
The health ministry reported 20 new coronavirus cases, raising the number to 100. As many as 15 of the new cases are for Kuwaitis who had returned from Iran, two citizens who had returned from Britain and the United States, one for a Spanish national and two Egyptians who came in contact with an Egyptian man found to be infected with the disease several days ago after returning from Azerbaijan via Dubai.
Health Minister Sheikh Basel Al-Sabah said on Twitter that banning Friday prayers came after some people who showed signs of infection after returning 10 days ago from countries that were not listed to be infected like the United States, Spain and Britain.
The ministry is now testing people who had come in contact with them, Sheikh Basel said.
In a televised statement, the minister appealed to the people to remain at home and not to venture out to protect themselves from the disease.
Of the 100 cases tested positive, five were cured and discharged and 95 under observation including four at the intensive care unit, one of them in critical condition. The ministry said as many as 71 people have been discharged from the ministry quarantines after tests showed they were not infected.
The health ministry meanwhile continued to test expatriates who had returned to the country from February 27 onward from a number of countries. Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah inspected the testing centers at the International Fair Ground in Meshrif.
Authorities yesterday closed the Friday market and stopped auction at the Fish market from today until further notice.
Kuwait had already declared a public holiday shutting down government offices and many private establishments for two weeks and halted all commercial flights to the country.
KUWAIT CITY, Feb 10: Customs officers at the T4 and the T5 airport terminals have arrested an Indian and a Kuwaiti for attempting to smuggle drugs into the country, reports Al-Anba daily.
In the baggage of the Kuwaiti, who arrived from an European country, found a piece of hashish, which he said was for personal use, while in the baggage of the Indian, police found 259 sachets weighing about 1,500 grams. Both men with the contraband have been referred to the authorities.
KUWAIT CITY, Feb, 10: Severe cold wave began yesterday and weather experts warned of temperature to decrease significantly, amid expectations that today it will be sever cold, and will continue until next Thursday reports Al Rai
Weather forecast expert Abdulaziz Al-Qarawi said that the weather expected in the next few hours and days will be very cold, especially in the evening and night, where the minimum temperature is expected to reach the dawn of Tuesday and Wednesday at 2 to below zero degrees Celsius in desert areas. While astronomer Adel Al-Saadoun indicated that the temperature in these areas may reach two degrees below zero.
Meteorologist Mohammed Karam expected the continued impact of the cold air mass on the country until next Thursday, because the air elevation was centered over the Caspian Sea, pointing out that the temperature expected to be recorded tomorrow (Wednesday) will range from two to four degrees in the interior regions, to touch zero in the desert areas.
Everyone started feeling, since yesterday afternoon, the impact of the cold air mass accompanied by northwest winds that were active at intervals, sometimes reaching a speed of 40 kilometers per hour, causing the maximum temperature to be lowered to 14 degrees Celsius.
Karam further stated that the effect of the cold air mass will continue until Thursday, before the weather begins to moderate on Friday, when the maximum temperature is 18 degrees Celsius and the lowest is 8 degrees Celsius.
KUWAIT CITY, Jan 30: Personnel from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) have referred for extensive investigations a gang of Asians for allegedly forging driving licenses, reports Al-Rai daily. Those who dealt with the suspect gang are being sought by the police in a prelude to arrest them, confiscate the licenses and deport them from the country.
Until yesterday, one Arab man was referred to the Deportation Center after investigations revealed he ‘bought’ the driving license from the gang for 400 dinars, a charge admitted by the gang members. Speaking of the forgery of the driving licenses, a reliable CID source said if it is proved any people from the General Traffic Department are involved in the scam, they will be severely punished.
The arrest of the Arab expatriate came after an unidentified person informed the CID that the former had acquired the driving licence although he does not fulfill the conditions required for obtaining the licence as mentioned in the ministerial decision. Moreover, the issuance of the licence was not registered in the computer system of the GTD.