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Kuwait charges websites over fake Covid-19 news as cases rise

Seven new cases of the coronavirus, known as Covid-19, have been discovered in Kuwait within the last 24 hours

Kuwait charges websites over fake Covid-19 news as cases rise
Kuwaiti men wearing protective masks shop in Kuwait City.

Seven new cases of the coronavirus, known as Covid-19, have been discovered in Kuwait within the last 24 hours, bringing the total of infections to 130.

In comments published by Kuwait News Agency, Health Ministry spokesman Dr Abdullah Al-Sanad revealed that all newly announced cases were for Kuwaiti citizens returning from the UK.

Out of the 130 in total, 12 cases recovered and 118 are still receiving treatment, he added.

Globally, coronavirus cases surpassed 183,140 on Tuesday with a total of 7,175 deaaths.

Separately, the administrators of 14 websites in Kuwait have been charged with violating e-media regulations in the country in regard to the current coronavirus pandemic.

Kuwaiti Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Mohammad Al-Jabri said the misinformation circulated by the websites sparked confusion and controversy and hampered government efforts to tackle the Covid-19 crisis.

"A recent surveillance of the content of some electronic journals and websites showed that they committed irregularities by disseminating inaccurate news and rumours that were later refuted by the competent state agencies," the minister said.

The country said on Monday it is to take delivery of up to 400,000 coronavirus detection kits this week.

The detection devices, which are due to arrive on Wednesday, can register whether a patient’s reading for Covid-19 is positive or negative in just 5-10 minutes, according to assistant undersecretary of the Health Ministry for Medicine and Medical Preparations, Dr Abdullah Al-Bader.

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