Coronavirus: Kuwait reports second death as confirmed cases reach 1,300

A second person in Kuwait has died of coronavirus and 66 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1,300.

Kuwaiti Ministry of Health spokesperson Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad said that 26 patients were currently in intensive care.

According to a report on the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), there are currently 1,148 people receiving hospital treatment, while 746 individuals have completed the quarantine period.

It comes as authorities in the Al Ahmadi Municipality in Kuwait revealed 155 stores have been closed for failing to abide by strict guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Ahmadi Governance deputy director for Municipality Affairs, Fahad Al-Shtaili, said over the past month, inspectors had sent out 674 warnings and warrants to shop owners and issued 235 violations, including a formal closure order to 20 stores.

He added that the municipality has cleaned and sterilised 251,427 containers of different sizes, put 25 stickers on neglected cars, and issued ten violations to street vendors.

Al-Shtaili noted that Al Ahmadi Municipality seized seven mobile groceries stores and removed 210 violating desert camps.