Kuwait Times, Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021 | Safar 22, 1443
Health minister declares life in Kuwait back to normal
Life in Kuwait has
returned to normal and all places have reopened for normal operations, Health
Minister Sheikh Dr Basel Al-Sabah said yesterday, adding that precautionary
health measures should still be observed. The minister said that Kuwait is among
a few countries where life has returned to normal following more than 18 months
of closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He also said vaccinations are carried out in the best of ways and enough
vaccines are available, adding health conditions should continue to be observed
at schools, malls and mosques. The minister however said there could be
restrictions for certain activities, but these restrictions will be lighter than
Health authorities in the country have said more than 70 percent of the
population has taken two doses of approved vaccines, thus achieving what is
known as “herd immunity”. The ministry has started giving a third booster dose
to certain sections of the society, especially the elderly, high-risk patients
and medical staff.
Sheikh Basel said the country is waiting for authorization to start vaccinating
children aged 5 to 12, adding the ministry is prepared whenever the approval
will be granted. The health situation in Kuwait has improved substantially, with
the country reporting under 100 new coronavirus cases for the last 24 days,
including less than 50 new cases for the past seven days in a row. The number of
coronavirus patients in hospitals dropped to only 50, including 10 cases in
intensive care units.
Yesterday, schoolteachers who have refused to take the vaccination demonstrated
again outside the education ministry for being prevented from entering schools
without a negative PCR test result. The teachers are insisting that the ministry
requirement is an act of discrimination against them. They are demanding to be
allowed to enter schools without vaccination or PCR tests.
Meanwhile, a number of Kuwaiti lawmakers posted on their Twitter accounts a
statement they said was issued by MPs condemning what they called a campaign of
violence and discrimination against Muslims in India. The statement said acts of
killing, arson and evictions have been carried out against Muslims by fanatic
Hindu groups without sufficient condemnation by the government of India.
The statement strongly condemned the brutal atrocities and “ethnic cleansing”
against Muslims and called for protecting their rights, especially the right to
live in peace. It was not clear how many of the 50 lawmakers signed the
statement, which called on the Kuwaiti government to issue a statement
condemning the crimes committed against Indian Muslims.