Since my last post a lot has happened. So, I will break down this post so you can get a broad view of the efforts made in each country. Each one in different continents, with very different budgets available and vast difference in population.
If you haven’t read my last post, please do, there I talk about the initial steps Kuwait has implemente since the first case was confirmed back in February. (Click here)
To sum up Kuwait has been taking amazing measures to keep the population safe and try to control the spread of the virus.
- Schools and Universities are halted till March 26, but there are rumors it may extend it indefinitely.
- All types of gatherings are heavily discouraged. So much so that yesterday the police patrolled the beach walkway and told everyone to go home.
- All cafes, restaurants and wedding halls have halted patron’s visits. Cafes and restaurants can to delivery and take away meals only.
- Everyone has been given a two week holiday. For most what it means is that you have to work from home. For others it means they will have paid leave, the government is insuring everyone gets their paycheck.
- Public transportation is halted till further notice.
All salons and barbershop are to be closed.
All malls are closed.
When queuing you must leave a meter of separation between the person in front and behind you.
- The harshest measure yet is the closing of the airport. All commercial planes have been halted. No one is to come in or out o Kuwait. All borders are closed. Only trucks with imports and exports are to leave or enter the country.
- Citizens who’ve arrived from countries with high numbers of infections, like Iran, Italy and China, were taken straight to quarantine. They are all staying at 4 hotel/resorts where they have to refrain to their rooms for the most time but can have some time to walk the grounds and in some cases walk on the beach. They are provided all their meals. Here is a video of the room of one of the people quarantined:
- All expats who arrived in Kuwait from countries with moderate number of cases, in the past 3 weeks must be tested. ALL OF THEM. There are huge medical centers created where each day they treat different nationalities, in the mean time all must remain in 14 day quarantine
- Kuwait TV is constantly running commercials teaching how to wash your hands, how to wear a mask if you are feeling sick. Explaining what is a proper quarantine. They are keeping all citizens and residents well informed and have started a campaign “I am staying at home because I love Kuwait”
For more information you can also visit the main website https://corona.e.gov.kw/En/ or call any of their hotline number 151.
Citizens of Kuwait may also call their embassies all over the world to get all the information they require.
On my next post I will explore the measures taken by Bolivia and the US. So far I extremely happy to be in Kuwait during this pandemic. I feel safe. These are the current number of cases in the region: