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Government spokesman Tariq Al-Mazram announced that the Cabinet decided to reopen children’s activities from September. Earlier the Cabinet had decided to close summer clubs for children, starting from July 25.

Dr. Ahmed Al-Mutawa, a member of the main committee to monitor the implementation of the requirements related to combating the spread of Covid-19, said that the Cabinet’s decision to close all activities related to children, including nurseries and summer clubs, has entered into force as of Sunday.

Al-Mutawa, director of the Infection Prevention Department at the Ministry of Health, added in a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that the committee stressed in its meeting headed by its deputy chairman, Director General of Kuwait Municipality Ahmed Al-Manfouhi, the importance of its field teams following up and monitoring all activities related to children and issuing violations against the owners of these activities in the event of a violation of the decision of the Council of Ministers.

 

He explained that the aforementioned Cabinet decision aims to limit the spread of the coronavirus in the country, “because children are a factor in transmitting infection. When they contract corona, they may not show symptoms of the disease clearly, or the symptoms are mild, and thus cause the infection to be transmitted to those around them faster.

He called on all children’s activities owners to adhere to the aforementioned Cabinet decision, stressing that anyone who violates this decision will be held accountable. He stressed the importance of parents’ commitment to applying health requirements to young children, as they are to adults, and not to be lenient in this matter by reducing gatherings and social events. Al-Mutawa stressed that adherence to health requirements is the most powerful weapon currently to confront COVID-19 until the largest number of citizens and residents are vaccinated in order to reach community immunity.

The Council of Ministers had taken a decision in its meeting held on the twelfth of July to close all activities for children, including summer clubs, from Sunday until further notice.

source: Arab Times

 

The Kuwaiti Cabinet on Monday decided to cancel the decision on the closure of all commercial activities at 8:00 pm as of Tuesday, head of governmental communication center and spokesman for the Cabinet Tareq Al-Mezrem said. This came in a news videoconference of Al-Mezrem after the weekly Cabinet meeting at Seif Palace led by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. The Cabinet decided to open all activities, except for gatherings, conferences, wedding parties, social occasions, and all children actions as of Sept 1, he added.

All vaccinated people are allowed to enter varied activities, and those who are unvaccinated can enter pharmacies, cooperative societies, parallel markets, government buildings, hospitals, food and catering centers and private medical centers as of Aug 1, he noted. In addition, the Cabinet decided to resume direct flights to Morocco and the Republic of Maldives as of Aug 1, he made clear.

 

Meanwhile, the cabinet welcomed the return of His Highness the Amir to the homeland after successful medical checkups, wishing him everlasting well-being. The Cabinet expressed appreciation to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for great efforts and preparations for pilgrims this year amid these exceptional health conditions.The Cabinet listened to a presentation by Minister of Health Sheikh Dr. Basel Hmoud Al-Sabah on the latest developments on global pandemic situation relating to the spread of the coronavirus and variants.
He also briefed the ministers on the health situation in Kuwait that witnessed a decline in deaths and infections over the past period.


The Cabinet stressed the necessity of abiding by all health requirements and precautions to avoid the spread of the infection. It also advised people to take the anti-coronavirus vaccine, lauding cooperation of both citizens and expats as a teamwork and compliance with all instructions of health authorities.

The Cabinet listened to a presentation by Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology affairs Rana Al-Faris on applying the unified government project of e-services (Sahel app).
In addition, the Cabinet discussed the recommendations of the economic affairs committee on some bills regarding approving the 2020-2021 final accounts of the Capital Markets Authority, the independent budget, the bodies, and Kuwait Petroleum Corporation and its subsidiaries. The Cabinet approved these bills and refereed them to His Highness the Amir.

Moreover, the ministers extolled the bronze medal won by Abdullah Al-Turqi at Skeet contest at Tokyo Olympic Games, voicing pride for Kuwaiti athletes’ achievements.

The Cabinet discussed the political affairs in light of the latest developments on the political arena at Arab and international levels. It expressed Kuwait’s strong condemnation and denunciation of the attacks launched by Houthi militias’ drones on Saudi Arabia. The Cabinet stressed Kuwait’s full solidarity with, and support to, Saudi Arabia in all measures taken to maintain its security and stability.


It commended efforts by the Iraqi security authorities for dismantling two terrorist cells that carried out the Sadr city market blast, and killed and wounded dozens of people. It affirmed Kuwait’s full support to Iraq in all measures taken to maintain its security and stability, expressing confidence in the country’s ability to face terror and foil sabotage attempts.
The Cabinet expressed sincere condolences to Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxemburg as well as the families of the victims over the devastating floods that engulfed these countries. Afterwards, it voiced Kuwait’s sympathy with China and India over the devastating floods that left several killed, wounded and missing. (KUNA)

Several health centers in Kuwait witnessed crowding and chaos after a message was posted on the social media that people who are not yet vaccinated can receive their dose from 7:00 to 9 pm. However, the Ministry of Health in issuing a denial said only those who have received the message for vaccination will be entertained, reports Al- Seyassah daily.

In the same context, a video clip showed crowding and chaos at the Farwaniya Hospital including those who had received messages to receive the vaccine. Meanwhile, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Mustafa Redha, said the aim of the ministry is to vaccinate between 70 to 75 percent of the total population against the coronavirus, to achieve herd immunity. He added this depends on the quantities of vaccines supplied by the producing companies, pointing out that the vaccination is for age groups between 12 and 15 years and that the process is gradual. Dr Redha thanked the medical and support staff for their efforts to make the national vaccination campaign a success, and to assist the Ministry of Health in combating the Corona pandemic.

Source: Arab Times

MP Hamad Al- Matar and several other lawmakers have asked the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to cancel the decision obligating Kuwaiti travelers to register on ‘Mosafer’ platform. Al-Matar also suggested assigning medical teams at Kuwait International Airport to conduct PCR test for Kuwaiti arriving passengers for free. He stressed that free health care is guaranteed by the Constitution. He wondered why only Kuwaitis stranded abroad are suffering due to high prices of plane tickets. He then reiterated the need to cancel the requirement for Kuwaiti travelers to register on ‘Mosafer’ platform. Commenting on the same issue, MP Khalid Al-Anzi asserted that the platform has been proven to be a failure. He stressed the need to replace it with a better alternative. He said other countries have been flexible in dealing with COVID- 19, while Kuwait still lacks a clear vision and integrated plan in this regard. MP Hesham Al-Saleh called for facilitating procedures for citizens, especially during the travel season. He recommended exempting citizens from paying for PCR test and canceling the ‘Mosafer’ platform registration requirement.

 

Confirmed
MP Bader Al-Humaidi confirmed that DGCA Chairman Sheikh Abdullah Al-Ali Al-Salem Al-Sabah promised to cancel the aforementioned requirement as soon as possible. MP Abdullah Al-Mudaf asked Minister of Defense Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali about the rationale behind the decision requiring citizens to input a lot of personal information on the platform. He wants to know if such personal data can be leaked through the platform. In another development, MP Khalid Al-Anzi asked Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Abdulrahman Badah Al-Mutairi to refer the team behind a television program aired by Channel 2 Kuwait TV for investigation.

He pointed out that the program depicted Prophets — Peace Be Upon Them — inappropriately and without consulting the concerned religious institutions. He vowed to follow up the steps that Al-Mutairi will take regarding the issue. On the other hand, MP Mehalhal Al-Mudaf forwarded queries to Minister of Oil and Higher Education Muhammad Al-Fares about the harmful gas from Zour and Doha power plants. He wants to know when was the last time the quantity of harmful gas emitted by these power plants was measured, available solutions to stop the emission of harmful gas, and measures taken by the Environment Public Authority (EPA) to prevent such pollution.

 

He requested for copies of the most recent decisions issued by EPA in this regard. He also submitted questions to the same minister about the internal and overseas scholarship programs. He asked if these scholarships include specializations which are not needed by the local labor market according to the Civil Service Commission (CSC), number of students in each specialization in every country and university, total cost of scholarships for the unnecessary specializations, number of beneficiaries, cost of each scholarship starting from the student‘s registration until graduation, if any unnecessary specialization was added to the plan despite the declaration of the CSC in this regard, and if the ministry has a plan to remove unnecessary specializations.

He requested for a copy of such plan, if any. MP Abdulaziz Al-Saqaabi asked Minister of Health Dr Basel Al-Sabah about the alleged mass resignation of expatriate doctors, nurses and health practitioners. He demanded for a list of expatriates who have resigned since April 2020, including their nationalities and jobs as well as copies of their employment contracts. He also inquired about the number, nationalities and qualifications of medical staff hired during the COVID-19 crisis. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff

Source: Arab Times

EEid Al-Adha Prayer will be at 5:16am in Kuwait

Kuwait’s Ministry of Health announced Monday that a new update is available for ‘Immune’ application that allows users to add their vaccine information, COVID-19 test results for one or six companions. Management Information System Director at the Ministry of Health, Ahmad Al-Ghareeb said in a press release that this update helps accessibility in transportation and travelling, especially for civilians and residents, and those who do not own a smart phone, whether they were children or domestic workers. Al-Ghareeb expressed his appreciation to all the workers in the MIS department for their efforts in providing originated solutions during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Precautions
He went on to urge nationals and expatriates alike that abiding by health precautions, mainly, following social distancing rules, is the only way to halt the spread of the virus. The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health announced on Sunday, the granting of about 95,000 vaccination appointments against COVID-19, 90 percent of which are for residents of the country from different target groups, in addition to starting to vaccinate the age group from 12 to 15 years in preparation for the new school year. Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Affairs Dr. Buthaina Al-Mudhaf said in an interview with Kuwait State TV that the national vaccination campaign is continuing its work and that the Ministry of Health is ready to provide vaccinations in various designated centers.

Al-Mudhaf confirmed that if vaccines are available from the manufacturers, the Ministry of Health will continue to provide this service in order to achieve the goals of the vaccination campaign and eradicate this epidemic in the State of Kuwait. She added that the number of vaccine doses provided exceeded two million, while the mobile field vaccination campaigns provided 161,000 doses, the majority of which were for residents and vaccination of bedridden patients was completed.

 

She stated that the age group from 12 to 15 years receives vaccination in health centers distributed in all regions, indicating that the demand for vaccination was excellent, and she hoped that everyone would take the initiative to register in the platform designated for vaccination. On the other hand, the Ministry of Health stressed in a press statement the need to adhere to the location and timing of the date set in advance for receiving the vaccination, as “it will not be allowed to receive vaccines except for those who have prior appointments according to the text message sent to prevent the occurrence of large gatherings inside and outside the vaccination centers as well as to ensure the course of the vaccination process with all ease.

Source: Arab Times

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, Lieutenant-General Essam Al-Nahham, has issued a decision to release all members of the police force who were imprisoned as part of the disciplinary action taken against them, on the occasion of the blessed Eid Al-Adha, reports Al- Jarida daily. The Directorate-General of Public Relations and Security Media Department of the Interior Ministry said in a press statement that the decision comes based on the instructions and directives of the Minister of Interior Sheikh Thamer Ali Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah.

He added that the decision referred to the release of all members of the police force who were in disciplinary detention, starting from the day prior to the day of Arafat’s vigil. Similarly, on the occasion of the blessed Eid Al-Adha, the Chief of the General Staff of the Army, Lieutenant- General Sheikh Khaled Al- Saleh, issued a decision, based on the directives of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Hamad Al-Jaber, ordering the release of the soldiers who were arrested for disciplinary action.

Also the Undersecretary of the National Guard, Lieutenant-General Hashem Al-Rifai, under the directives of the President of the National Guard, His Highness Sheikh Salem Al-Ali, and his deputy, the retired Lieutenant-General Sheikh Ahmed Al-Nawaf, issued a decision to release all the National Guard personnel who were detained as a result as part of disciplinary action

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