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Kuwait gov't steps up measures to confront coronavirus, curfew option

The cabinet meeting
The cabinet meeting
KUWAIT, April 9 (KUNA) -- Kuwait government Thursday stepped up measures aimed at confronting spread of coronavirus, including considering a full curfew and increasing medical workers while planning resumption of state departments including remotely.
The cabinet discussed the health condition in general and the preventive measures to preserve wellbeing of the public, as well as conditions in Areas of Mahboula and Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, which were under complete lockdown, but medical services and food are provided for inhabitants.
A statement by Deputy Premier, Interior Minister and Minsiter of State for Cabinet Anas Al-Saleh said the government, chaired by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, decided to cut by half passes granted for workers in different bodies that guarantee movement during curfew.
It assigned Ministry of Interior to consider the distribution of passes.
The government, said Al-Saleh, also formed a team to prepare for resumption of work at government departments, including through online mechanism.
It assigned the Ministries of Health and Finance to guarantee payment of medical workers in private hospitals.
The cabinet praised outcome of a meeting between His Highness the Prime Minister and President of the State Audit Bureau Faisal Al-Shaya on preservation of public funds.
The government, meanwhile, would provide appropriations for ministries and state departments to help them confront spread of the virus, took note of preparations for repatriation of citizens end of next week following registration in a special website designed for this purpose. (pickup previous) bs