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A photo taken on March 22 shows a deserted street in Kuwait city amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Kuwait imposed a curfew nationwide starting on Sunday at 5pm until 4am to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Image Credit: AFP

Cairo: Kuwaiti municipal authorities have limited access to cemeteries to relatives of the deceased in order to curb the spread of the new coronavirus in the country, an official has said.

“The burial time now starts from 8am until 3pm,” head of the Kuwait Municipality’s Funeral Affairs Directorate Faisal Al Awadi added in a statement. “The burial process has to begin upon arrival at the cemetery.”

Kuwait started Sunday enforcing a curfew from 5pm to 4am as part of its efforts to battle the potentially deadly disease.

Al Awadi added that no one is allowed to escort the coffin inside the hearse vehicle.

“These measures must be complied with and applied for the well-being and safety of mourners,” he said.

Kuwait Monday announced one more coronavirus, bringing the total in the country to 189.

Kuwait has enforced other strict measures to contain the virus.

The country has halted flights with the outside world, given all employees a holiday and extended the closure of all educational institutions until August.

Authorities have also ordered the shutdown of commercial complexes, shopping malls and public markets with the exception of food supply outlets.