Coronavirus: Kuwait records 164 new cases, one virus-related death

Kuwaiti special forces stand at the entrance of a quarantine facility in Fahaheel. (File photo: Reuters)

Kuwait recorded 164 new coronavirus cases and one new virus-related death, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,915 and the total fatalities to seven, the Ministry of Health announced on Sunday.

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The new death is of a 60-year-old Indian resident, the ministry said.

Out of the 164 new cases, 158 are of people who had direct contact with previously infected individuals.

The Minister of Health Basel al-Sabah announced earlier on Sunday that the total number of recoveries in Kuwait rose to 305.

The deadly virus, also known as corona and COVID-19, spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.

Five cases have been transferred to the intensive care unit so far, the ministry said.

Kuwait has imposed several strict precautionary measures including a curfew from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. as well as suspending schools and universities to August. All international flights to and from the country have been halted.

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Last Update: Sunday, 19 April 2020 KSA 13:05 - GMT 10:05
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