Coronavirus: At least five Kuwaiti MPs test positive for COVID-19, speaker says

An aerial view shows Kuwait City and the National Assembly Building (Kuwait Parliament), after the country entered virtual lockdown, as a preventive measure against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Kuwait City. (Reuters)

At least five Kuwaiti Members of Parliament have tested positive for coronavirus, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim confirmed on Twitter on Monday, adding that not all members had yet been tested.

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Tuesday’s session has been postponed for one week as a precautionary measure against further spread of the virus, according to al-Ghanim, who said all parliament members will be tested on Saturday.

The parliament’s previous sessions were held for three consecutive days in which it was “clear there was some kind of outbreak,” the speaker added.

Health authorities decided to wait till Saturday in order to confirm if any parliament staff or members have also contracted the virus.

Some members, however, requested the session be held with the presence of “healthy” individuals. The speaker said even those who may seem healthy and test negative on Monday could be carriers of the virus “because a certain period of time” must pass from the time of contact with an infected individual.

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Last Update: Monday, 14 September 2020 KSA 17:06 - GMT 14:06
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