The exacerbating situation prompts consideration of partial curfew

KUWAIT CITY, Feb. 6, 2021:Government sources have warned that the unprecedented increase in the rate of Coronavirus infections, and the high rate of occupancy in intensive care, will compel the government to gradually tighten procedures, explaining that partial and total curfews are being mulled, Al Qabas daily reported. Government sources revealed to Al-Qabas daily, that there is a fear that the health situation will spiral out of control with the approaching month of Ramadan, where there are many gatherings and events, engendering an increase in disease cases, which may increase pressure on the medical staff. The latest statistics indicate that the intensive care occupancy rate increased from 9 to 15%, and the occupancy of the beds with patients infected with the virus increased from 7 to 11%, which caused the state of emergency and alertness on the health authorities in the country to rise.

Close activities

Government sources revealed that the government will resort to closing any activity that contributes to the spread of the epidemic, stressing that any decision will be taken without hesitation in order to protect the lives of people and relieve pressure on medical staff. The sources pointed out that the health authorities are striving to contain the situation before Ramadan, and if this does not happen, many strict measures will be taken, including the curfew, closing businesses and preventing prayers in mosques during Ramadan.

Procedures evaluation

Regarding the measures and decisions taken by the Council of Ministers in its extraordinary meeting on Wednesday, which will enter into effect tomorrow, Sunday, the sources said that they will be subject to evaluation at the end of this week. Subsequently, they will either be tightened by imposing more measures or reduced according to the number of cases and injuries. The sources concluded that the coronavirus investigation team is working in full swing, and any reason for a spike in coronavirus cases will be monitored, in addition to increasing and enhancing the role of inspection teams to monitor gatherings, starting from tomorrow, Sunday, and pursue any person caught holding or being part of any event or gathering.

Interior Minister advises further digitization in services

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 8, 2021:Interior Minister Sheikh Thamer Ali Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah on Thursday urged for continuing the work to achieve a qualitative leap in the ministry sectors by means of applying state of the art technology.

The supreme leadership has advised for adopting all necessary methods to facilitate transactions for citizens and expats of Kuwait, the minister said during a tour of the departments of citizenship and residency affairs. Sheikh Thamer advised the personnel to cut red tape, accelerate transfer from paper to digital services and linking up all the sectors. He also gave instructions to aid people of special needs and the elderly. The minister was welcomed by senior officers during the tour.

United Nations in Kuwait Celebrates the International Migrants Day

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 17, 2020:: Today marks International Migrants Day, a day dedicated by the United Nations (UN) to highlight the positive contributions that migrants bring to our societies. This year’s theme is Reimagining Human Mobility. Since the beginning of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the whole world, affecting all people including migrants. Dr. Tarek El-Sheikh, Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Resident Coordinator to the State of Kuwait said that the UN in the State of Kuwait plays an important role in confronting the consequences of the pandemic. 

“Our response is in several areas, including, helping the government overcome the social and economic impact and preparing society to face the upcoming challenges,  working to protect vulnerable groups, including migrant workers in difficult living situations, creating media content,  addressing development and health issues and developing policy papers, strategies and response plan in coordination with government institutions.” “My message to the Kuwaiti society, foreigners in the country, and everyone who contributes to dealing with this pandemic: this is a time for solidarity, action, humanitarian support, and respect for human rights.

We cannot defeat this enemy without unity and agreement on a basic strategy. The UN is working hand in hand with all government and society to move forward to fully recover and build back better.” In commemoration of the IMD, Mr. Mazen AboulHosn, IOM Kuwait Chief of Mission said: “Now more than ever, the safety of our societies depends on the effective protection of the most vulnerable. Respect for the rights of all, including migrants, will maximize our success in curbing the pandemic and promoting an inclusive recovery.” International Migrants Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the significant role that migrants play in every society. In the State of Kuwait, migrants (foreign workers) were working on the front lines across different sectors that contributed to the efforts of the State of Kuwait in its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Mr. Talal Al-Mutairi, Assistant Foreign Minister for Human Rights Affairs at the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stated that: “The international community witnessed exceptional circumstances that affected various aspects of life due to the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Referring to the efforts made by the State of Kuwait in the past months, Mr. Al-Mutairi emphasized providing public safety to everyone without exception, including foreign workers.  Many work sectors have been suspended to ensure the availability of health requirements for foreign workers before returning to work by providing them with the necessary medical examinations.

In addition, Al-Mutairi reflected on using media to help raise the awareness of workers on the dangers of this pandemic on human health and to shed light on the State of Kuwait’s efforts to support the voluntary return of workers affected by the pandemic, in accordance with relevant procedures. On this occasion we focus on the Global Compact for Safe and Regular Migration (GCM), which provides an effective framework for international cooperation on the governance of international migration in all its dimensions,  and can be leveraged by states to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Resolve for International cooperation and global partnership must be strengthened to develop and implement effective responses articulated in the GCM and guide collective action to support the COVID-19 response and recovery.

It is important to mention the support of the State of Kuwait and the coordination of the United Nations Network on Migration in the State of Kuwait, which includes members of various United Nations agencies, supporting the government in implementing the objectives of this agreement. Well-governed migration can mitigate the negative impacts of COVID-19, stimulate strong socioeconomic recovery, and build more inclusive societies that protect human rights and are better prepared to address future crises.