Coronavirus: Kuwait total cases pass 2,000 with two new fatalities, 45 recoveries

Health ministry workers, wearing protective outfits, wait on the tarmac of the Kuwait international Airport to receive Kuwaitis returning from Frankfurt on March 26, 2020, to be taken to a hospital for novel coronavirus checkups, in the capital Kuwait City. (File photo)

Kuwait confirmed 85 new cases over the past 24 hours bringing its total to 2,080 on Tuesday, according to a health ministry spokesan.

The Kingdom also recorded two new fatalities over the past 24 hours but it has maintained a relatively low death rate with only 11 deaths total.

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Health Minister Dr. Basel al-Sabah confirmed that 45 coronavirus patients have recovered, bringing the total in the country to 412.

The first three cases in Kuwait were announced on February 24, all of which had arrived from Iran which was witnessing an explosion of cases at the time. Many of the subsequent cases confirmed in Kuwait during late February were also people arriving from Iran.


Kuwait was quick to impose an 11-hour curfew on its population beginning on March 22, along with heavy fines for breaking the rules. The curfew is still in place and has been extended to 16 hours on Monday for each day beginning from the first day of the holy month of Ramadan which is expected to begin on Thursday.

Al Arabiya English's Tommy Hilton and Ismaeel Naar contributed to this report.

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Last Update: Tuesday, 21 April 2020 KSA 12:38 - GMT 09:38
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