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Dubai: Kuwait on Monday decided to close its land and sea borders for four weeks as of Wednesday, The Kuwaiti Cabinet announced on Monday.

The Cabinet has also banned customers’ presence inside restaurants and cafes in a bid to combat the spread of COVID-19, especially as the country has been reporting an upward trend in the daily COVID-19 infections over the past few weeks.

The decisions were approved during Monday’s Cabinet meeting held at Seif Palace, chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al Hamad Al Sabah.

The cabinet also decided to close the land and sea passageways, with exemption for shipping and workers in the divided zone. Citizens will be allowed to return to Kuwait via the land and maritime ports, with company of “first-degree” relatives and domestic workers.

The MoI and the customs directorate have been assigned to implement this resolution, effective February 24 until March 20.

The cabinet decided to form a joint commission, headed by the Ministry of Interior. It will group the Ministry of Health and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and will be tasked with overseeing the mechanism of enforcing the institutional quarantine on all arrivals in the country.

Moreover, the cabinet decided to ban customers’ presence inside restaurants and cafes, including those located at the shopping malls, however delivery services will be allowed. This will be enforced as of February 24 for an indefinite duration.