Coronavirus: Kuwait announces 119 new cases raising total to 1,524

Kuwaitis, arriving from Europe, stand a safe distance apart to give their details to ministry of health officials in a makeshift coronavirus testing center. (File photo: Reuters)

Kuwait confirmed 119 new coronavirus cases within 24 hours, bringing the total to 1,524, a health ministry spokesman announced on Thursday.

Meanwhile, 19 new recovery cases were recorded, raising the total to 225 out of 1524 total, Health Minister Dr. Basel al-Sabah announced on Twitter Thursday.

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Two of the new cases are associated with travel to the United Kingdom and another two are associated with travel to the United States. The spokesman said 102 had been in close contact with previously confirmed cases. There are 13 cases under investigation to find the source of infection.


There are currently 1,296 active cases receiving medical care in the country with a death toll of three as of Wednesday, according to the health ministry.

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.

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Last Update: Thursday, 16 April 2020 KSA 12:42 - GMT 09:42
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