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Coronavirus curfew in Kuwait will be a 'last resort', says deputy PM

Expatriates in the country breaking health restrictions could face extradition

Coronavirus curfew in Kuwait will be a 'last resort', says deputy PM

Kuwait's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Anas Al Saleh.

Kuwait's deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Anas Al Saleh has insisted any plans to introduce a curfew across the country would be a “last resort”.

Al Saleh has also warned expatriates living in Kuwait who disobey strict health guidelines could face extradition.

He said the government will not hesitate to take more drastic measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Kuwait has already introduced a number of strict measures aimed at bringing the spread of the virus under control, including closing all schools and universities, shopping malls, cinemas, theatres and wedding halls; and suspending all flights to and from the country.

On Monday France became the latest European country to impose a curfew on residents, following similar measures implemented in Spain and in the Philippines capital Manilla.

Al Saleh said: “The option to impose countrywide curfew or extradite some lawless expatriate workers remains to be a final resort in case the health instructions are not heeded.

"The government will never allow the health system of the country to collapse due to non-abidance by the instructions of the Ministry of Health. If the citizens and expatriates are careless or fail to take seriously these instructions, the state will definitely have different responses.”

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