Kuwait vaccine
People queue as they arrive to register to be vaccinated for COVID-19 coronavirus at the make-shift vaccination centre erected at the Kuwait International Fairground in the Mishref suburb south of Kuwait City on December 29, 2020. Image Credit: AFP

Dubai: Two Kuwaiti women who returned from Britain were found to be infected with the new coronavirus variant, the Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday.

The two persons carried out PCR tests before boarding the airplane from Britain but another PCR test conducted upon arrival at Kuwait International Airport revealed they were infected with the COVID-19 variant, the ministry’s spokesman Dr. Abdullah Al Sanad revealed according to Kuwait News Agency(KUNA).

Al Sanad said the two were kept in quarantine and underwent genetic tests which showed they were infected with the variant. Some countries around the world are taking further measures to prevent spread of the new coronavirus variant, stepping up genetic tests.

Al Sanad called on the public to abide by health conditions like wearing of masks, cleaning of hands, maintaining physical distance and staying away from people with low immunity, stressing the importance of avoiding gatherings, and registering for vaccination.