By Bernd Debusmann Jr
State employees in Kuwait are slated to return to work on April 12
Kuwait’s cabinet has extended the suspension of all ministerial and state agency work by an additional two weeks from Saturday, March 21 to combat the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, according to a government spokesman.
In a report in Kuwait’s state-run KUNA news agency, government spokesperson Tareq Al-Mezrem said that the decision means that government employees will resume work only on April 12.
Additionally, the cabinet decided to keep all shops and markets shut, with the exception of locations that sell food products. Al-Mezrem added that Kuwait Municipality has been tasked with identifying any other activities that should be excluded from the regulations.
A nation-wide curfew came into effect on Sunday between the hours of 5pm and 4am.
There have been a total of 188 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Kuwait, 30 of whom have recovered, according to the website Worldometers.info.
Globally, there have been nearly 339,000 confirmed cases of the virus, including over 14,600 fatalities.