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Kuwait announces 11-hour curfew to combat coronavirus

Anyone caught breaking the curfew in Kuwait will be jailed for up to three years and fined $32,000

Kuwait announces 11-hour curfew to combat coronavirus

Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Anas Al-Saleh

Kuwait is to introduce an 11-hour curfew from Sunday, which will be enforced by the National Guard, in further moves to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Anas Al-Saleh announced the curfew, from 5pm to 4am, on Saturday after residents failed to adhere to instructions to stay indoors.

He warned that anyone caught breaking the curfew will be jailed for up to three years and fined KD10,000 ($32,000).

On Saturday, India introduced a 14-hour curfew, while curfews have been imposed in a number of European cities.

There are currently 176 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Kuwait.

Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti cabinet has extended the suspension of work in all ministries and state agencies by two more weeks.

Government spokesman Tareq Al-Mezrem said that all civil servants, who have been on mandatory holiday from March 12 to 26, will resume work on April 12.

Al-Mezrem also revealed that the cabinet has closed all shops and central markets, except for food stores.