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Abu Dhabi: Kuwait police on Friday arrested 12 workers for breaking COVI-19 curfew and failing to isolate themselves upon arrival on Hawalli Governorate.

The Kuwaiti government has imposed a full curfew in the country to curb the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases. People are allowed to walk or exercise outdoors from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm in their residential areas without using their cars.

The security authorities are working to check the entrants in and out of Hawalli to prevent residents from leaving before implementing health isolation.

A police statement said: “We currently have 12 workers in police custody for breaching curfew and failing to adhere to legislation requiring them to isolate."

The police urged people to follow the guidance issued by the government and think about the safety of the community. This is an ever evolving situation and it is important we act in the best interests of keeping people safe.

The government said anyone caught breaking the coronavirus curfew in Kuwait will be jailed for up to three years and fined 10,000 Kuwaiti dinars ($32,000) in line with new laws.

A security source said that several cases will be registered against the workers, including breaking the total curfew and escaping from an isolated area.

Kuwait will move to a 12-hour partial curfew from 6pm to 6am starting Sunday, as part of a five-phase plan to gradually return to normal life.

It enforced a full lockdown from May 10 to 30 to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.