Kuwait enacted a "total curfew" from 4pm (1300 GMT) on Sunday through to May 30 to help to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, its cabinet said in a statement on Friday
Kuwait , Kuwait
10 May 2020, 12:00 AM
30 May 2020, 12:00 AM
Kuwait has imposed a 'total curfew' across the nation for a span of 20 days starting 10 May as the nation's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases have touched 7,208, registering a surge of 641 new cases on Friday (8 May) itself, according to Kuwait’s Information Ministry.
The imposition of total curfew comes even as earlier on 20 April Kuwait had extended nationwide curfew to 16 hours a day, starting at 4 pm in the afternoon, and ending at 8 am the next day. It had also suspended the work of the public sector, which included the functioning of Government's ministries till 31 May.
During the curfew, public sectors will work remotely and private sector activities, excluding vital ones, will be suspended, the statement said. All banks will be closed, but will continue to provide services electronically.
Essential sectors like health, security, electricity, oil and municipal services, as well as private sector companies providing vital services like maintenance, will be exempt from the curfew, interior minister Anas al-Saleh said in a televised news conference later on Friday.
Grocery stores and cooperatives will remain open during the curfew. People will have to book an appointment in advance and one person from each family will be allowed out for shopping.
People will be required to wear protective masks and will be able to go out for walks between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. without using any vehicles.