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Kuwait sets up $33m fund to tackle spread of coronavirus

Government staff placed in quarantine assured of full salaries

Kuwait sets up $33m fund to tackle spread of coronavirus

The fund was announced by the governor of the Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) on Sunday and will be financed by Kuwaiti banks.

Kuwait has set up a $33 million fund to tackle the spread of the coronavirus.

The fund was announced by the governor of the Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) on Sunday and will be financed by Kuwaiti banks.

The money will be placed in the hands of the cabinet who will be free to disburse as they see fit in order to address emergency cases.

Meanwhile, Kuwaiti Civil Service Commission (CSC) has told all government agencies to ban employees placed under quarantine from starting work and stressed that salaries for Kuwaiti and non-Kuwaiti staff will continue to be paid during any period of quarantine. Their absence from work will not impact their employment status.

To date there have been 64 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Kuwait.

However, the Ministry of Health has dismissed allegations that an expat had escaped from hospital after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

In a statement on Sunday, the ministry reiterated calls to refrain from circulating inaccurate news and only trust information from official channels.

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