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Kuwait extends obligatory work suspension by further two weeks

KUWAIT, March 21 (KUNA) -- The Kuwaiti cabinet has decided to extend the suspension of work in all ministries and state agencies by two additional weeks, said Government Spokesman Tareq Al-Mezrem Saturday.
The decision means that all civil servants, who have been on mandatory holiday from March 12 to 26, will resume work on April 12, the spokesman told a press conference following an extraordinary cabinet meeting.
The move is mainly intended to rein in the spread of the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, in the country, he added.
In addition, the cabinet decided to shut down all shops and central markets, except for foodstuff stores, he said, asking Kuwait Municipality to determine other necessary activities that need to be excluded.
The spokesman restated that the country-wide partial curfew would be put in place as of Sunday from 5:00 pm to 4:00 am. (end) jy.ns.mt