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Upon the instructions of Health Minister Sheikh Dr Basel Al-Sabah, Health Ministry Undersecretary Dr Mustafa Redha and the Department of Infection Prevention, the health ministry has started to sterilize all hospitals and other health facilities on a daily basis as part of precautionary measures against the spread of the novel coronavirus and to keep citizens and residents safe.

KUWAIT: The State Audit Bureau (SAB) approved Saturday 12 contracts for sites to be used as quarantine for Kuwaitis returning from abroad. Speaking to the press, SAB’s undersecretary and head of the bureau’s emergency team Suleiman Al-Busairi said that they were in contact with officials from several locally based and international-brand hotels to discuss using their facilities for quarantine.

The contracts varied in daily expenses and services from KD 4,000 ($12,000) to KD 45 ($144), he indicated. The approval are within the state’s laws, Busairi affirmed, indicating that a number of hotels agreed to the deals, while others declined.

Expat flights
In other news, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said Saturday that airliners could operate outbound flights for members of the expatriate community in Kuwait wishing to travel back to their home countries.

All airliners will schedule flights for several destinations in accordance with the cabinet decision made on April 9, affirmed the directorate. The DGCA will coordinate with airway companies to schedule the flights for expatriates eager to travel back to their respective home countries.

Stores closed
Separately, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced yesterday the closure of 17 commercial stores that did not abide by preventive measures laws as part of combating the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In a statement to the press, the ministry said that two stores were reopened as well, adding that ministry inspectors monitored 279 cooperative societies, markets, commercial stores, and vegetable stand-alone shops to determine the extent of their commitment to new regulations and to maintain the stability of prices to products.

The ministry noted that their teams also monitored 80 ration house branches to ensure their abiding by the measures and the selling of food rations to people. The ministry added that it received 184 compliant calls on its emergency hotline, through their number 135, and 12 of those calls were received through their monitoring centers. – KUNA

KUWAIT: Bangladeshi nationals line up outside a school in Farwaniya which was turned into a center to receive applications wishing to avail the amnesty. – Photos by Fouad Al-Shaikh

KUWAIT: Bangladeshi nationals headed yesterday to centers set up by the Ministry of Interior to receive expatriates without valid residencies who are wishing to avail an amnesty allowing residency violators to leave the country between April 1 and April 30 without paying any fines or airfare with a chance to return to Kuwait later.

Bangladeshi applicants are received on April 11 – 15, followed by Indians on April 16 – 20, Sri Lankans on April 21 – 25, and other nationalities on April 26 – 30. Egyptian nationals were received on April 6 – 10, following a five-day period to receive applicants form the Philippines.

Violators are received from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at the following locations: Male violators are received at Al-Muthanna primary school for boys, Farwaniya, block 1, street 122, while female violators are received at Farwaniya primary school for girls in Farwaniya, block 1, street 76.

Residency violators from all nationalities are also received in two difference locations in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh as follows: Female violators are received at Roufayda Al-Aslameya School – Block 4 – Street 200, while male violators are received at Naeem bin Masod School – Block 4 – Street 250.

KUWAIT, April 9: Kuwait government launched Thursday a website for citizens abroad wishing to return to register their information to facilitate repatriation and make job of health authorities in Kuwait easy in receiving them. This platform will allow citizens abroad to register their information in order to facilitate their repatriation, Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Waleed Al-Jassem told a news conference following a cabinet meeting.

This platform will allow government departments to take appropriate decisions regarding the repatriation,” said Al-Jassem.

He urged all citizens to register at: https://withyouauth.e.gov.kw/ “The purpose is to have a single database for all citizens which will facilitate their admission into health facilities,” said Al-Jassem.Government spokesman Tareq Al-Mezrem, meanwhile, said all citizens abroad wishing to return would be repatriated.

The website, he added, included questions aimed at facilitating the job of health authorities when they receive the nationals upon their return.“These are important and accurate questions which are based on medical background,” he said.(KUNA)

 

 

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KUWAIT: The interior ministry arrested six expats who caused riots and will take legal measures against them and deport them from the country. In a press statement, the ministry said on Wednesday it received a complaint from a representative of a private company stating that a group of workers gathered and tried to assault him while delivering their salaries.

It added that a rescue patrol immediately moved to the location of the incident and upon its arrival, one of the company’s workers assaulted the police car. The patrol commander fired a precautionary shot in the air to disperse the gathering. The ministry stressed that an investigation has been carried out and the rest of the workers involved were being arrested and referred to the authorities. – KUNA

By Ben Garcia

KUWAIT: Six Egyptian security personnel who staged a “lightning” protest and triggered a riot in block 1 in Farwaniya on Wednesday were arrested and will be deported. Kuwait Times was able to talk to their colleagues heading to the amnesty processing site yesterday with their luggage. “We are all going home,” said Ahmed, one of more than 500 Egyptians who had protested. Some were already at the amnesty processing site, while others were busy packing their belongings at their accommodation.

“They all went to the amnesty site – all Egyptians here are returning to Egypt,” Hussein, a Bangladeshi security guard, told Kuwait Times. Hussein, who works for the same company, said the fight ensued when the guards demanded their salaries from a mandoub who visited their accommodation on Wednesday. “The representative said we have to wait for the salary, but the Egyptians got angry. They told the mandoub to call our bosses, since they have not been eating for some time since they have not received their salaries for months. They told the mandoub that they are ready to be deported, but will not leave Kuwait unless they get their unpaid salaries for two or three months,” Hussein said.

According to Hussein, they kept shouting and demanding their dues, and a few minutes later, the police came and they negotiated about their unpaid salaries. “Good thing for them, they already got what they want, but for us Bangladeshis and Nepalis, we were promised our two months of unpaid salary today, but until now, no representative of the company has showed up. We don’t know whether we will get our wages. This is really unfair. We kept quiet, and now they are only giving salaries to Egyptians and not to us,” he said. Hussein said apart from around 500 Egyptians, the company also employs around 100 Bangladeshi and 100 Nepali security guards.

Danesh, a Nepali security guard, noted the trouble with the company is not only about unpaid salaries. “We have been working in Kuwait for months without visas. Many of us here have no iqmas – I have been working with them for 10 months without a visa; my friend for six months, and many others for seven months without a visa. Some Egyptians have worked with the company without iqamas for years, so we are really fed up. I hope they give us our salaries and fix our visa issues once and for all,” he said. “It is dangerous to roam around without a visa, so I can only go to the baqala nearby. I cannot go anywhere else for my safety,” Danesh added.

A video footage of the commotion has gone viral on social media. On Wednesday, the interior ministry said in a press statement that it arrested six expats who caused riots and will take legal measures against them and deport them from the country. The ministry said it received a complaint from a representative of a private company stating that a group of workers gathered and tried to assault him while delivering their salaries.

It added that a rescue patrol immediately moved to the location of the incident and upon its arrival, one of the company’s workers assaulted the police car. The patrol commander fired a precautionary shot in the air to disperse the gathering. The ministry stressed that an investigation has been carried out and the rest of the workers involved were being arrested and referred to the authorities.

Source: Kuwait Times

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

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