Cairo: The Kuwaiti government has extended a partial curfew, imposed last month to curb COVID-19 infections, until April 22, which coincides with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
In March, Kuwait declared a month-long partial curfew, which was due to end on April 8 in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. But the government said the curfew will be extended from next Thursday, April 8, till to April 22, while curtailing the curfew hours.
During the extension period, the curfew will continue daily from 7pm until 5am. “This decision will be revised at that time and after re-evaluation of the epidemiological situation in the country,” the Council of Ministers said in a statement.
Surge in cases
During the curfew time coinciding with the month of Ramadan, people will be allowed three hours for walking in residential areas only without the use of cars daily from 7pm to 10pm. Moreover, the delivery services by restaurants, coffee houses and shopping centres will be allowed daily from 7pm till 3am.
In recent weeks, Kuwait has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases. In March, authorities in Kuwait reported the highest number of cases and COVID-19 related deaths in a single month since the start of the pandemic. They recorded 39,969 cases and 240 COVID-19 related deaths.
Kuwait so far has confirmed a total of 233,521 coronavirus and 1,319 fatalities.