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Kuwait closes down cinemas, theatres and wedding halls to curb coronavirus spread

Funeral ceremonies may also be restricted under new measures agreed by the government

Kuwait closes down cinemas, theatres and wedding halls to curb coronavirus spread

Kuwait has closed all cinemas, theatres and wedding halls, while permissions to set up tents for wedding receptions have been suspended, in an attempt to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Funeral ceremonies may also be restricted under new rules from the Kuwait Municipality and Ministry of Health.

The new guidelines were announced as part of a raft of measures agreed by the Kuwaiti cabinet on the advice of the Ministry of Health.

This includes the closure of all educational institutions for a further two weeks, until March 26, and the suspension of all sports events “until further notice”, according to a report by the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

The Ministries of Education and Higher Education have both been tasked with finding “alternatives to traditional educational process, tests and procedures”.

Educate

The municipality has erected 157 billboards in the country’s six governorates to educate people about the virus and how to avoid infection.

As previously announced, all types of entry visas will be stopped, with visas issued only to the Kuwaiti diplomatic missions abroad.

While the Kuwait International Fairground is to be used as a medical examination centre.

There have been 65 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Kuwait.

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