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Kuwait to relax Covid-19 curfew from Saturday

Holiday for public sector workers has been extended 'until a further notice'

Kuwait to relax Covid-19 curfew from Saturday

Strict lockdown measures are to be imposed in certain areas following a spike in the number of cases of coronavirus.

Kuwait is to relax its curfew hours from 6pm to 6am from Saturday.

The country initially imposed the 24-hour curfew from May 10 as part of its efforts to combat the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

While this will now be reduced to 12 hours, at an extraordinary meeting on Thursday the government announced that strict lockdown measures were to be imposed in certain areas following a spike in the number of cases of coronavirus.

Government spokesman Tareq Al-Mezrem told an online news conference from Seif Palace that lockdown would be imposed on Farwaniya with the exception of areas between Streets 60, 120, 502 and 129.

Blocks four, six, seven, eight and nine of Khaitan will be under lockdown, while the whole of Hawally, Nuqra and Maidan Hawally would be closed, said Al-Mezrem. He added a lockdown on Mahboula and Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh would continue.

Al-Mezrem also announced that the holiday for the public sector, which was scheduled to finish on May 28, has been extended “until a further notice”, although the cabinet assigned ministers to prepare for the return of normal work.

On Thursday, Kuwaiti health authorities announced 845 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country, bringing the total number of cases to 24,112.

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