Cairo: Kuwait's Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber has called for drawing lessons from the global coronavirus pandemic, saying the outbreak will spawn "direct and influential repercussions" at the local, regional and world levels in different walks of life.
"The world of tomorrow after corona will not be like the one before this pandemic," he said. This dictates the government, the Nation's Assembly [parliament] and all civil society groups to adopt a new approach to confront this challenge," the emir added in an address to the nation on the advent of Eid Al Fitr.
He paid tribute to health workers and security personnel for their efforts to contain the spread of the highly contagious ailment.
The Kuwaiti leader voiced confidence that the pandemic will be surmounted.
"I am confident that Allah Almighty with His mercy will end this tribulation for His worshippers. We have to feel joy and happiness of the Eid, and summon spirit of hope and optimism."
The emir pointed out that the people's abidance by the government restrictions in place against the coronavirus will help expedite life return to normalcy. "I avail myself of this occasion to praise citizens and expatriates for the understanding they have shown towards all the measures taken by the state to confront this pandemic," he added.
In recent weeks, Kuwait has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases, prompting the government to impose around--the-clock nationwide curfew currently in force until May 30.
The country so far has recorded a total of 19,564 coronavirus cases, including 138 fatalities.