Coronavirus: Kuwait records first fatality out of 479 total cases

A volunteer, that directs visitors at a coronavirus testing centre, gestures at the Kuwait International Fairgrounds in Mishref, Kuwait March 18, 2020. (Reuters)

Kuwait recorded its first coronavirus death out of 479 confirmed cases, the health ministry announced on Saturday. A total of 62 new infections were confirmed over the past 24 hours, in addition to 11 recoveries.

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The ministry said 17 people are in the intensive care unit while 93 total have recovered.

The death was of a 46-year-old Indian national who had tested positive for novel coronavirus, and was in the intensive care unit at one of the country’s facilities.

The ministry offered its sincerest condolences to his family.

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Out of the 62 new confirmed cases, 37 people were infected after coming into direct contact with previously infected individuals. A total of 25 people are currently under investigation to determine how they got infected with the virus.

Kuwait enforced several precautionary measures last month to slow the spread of the coronavirus, including a daily 11-hour curfew from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. Anyone caught breaking the curfew will be jailed for up to three years and fined 10,000 Kuwaiti dinars ($32,000) in line with new laws, according to the country’s deputy prime minister.

The suspension of schools and universities has also been extended until August. All international flights were halted indefinitely

Read more: Three years in jail, 10,000 KD fine for breaching curfew

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