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Nine expats arrested in Kuwait for breaking coronavirus curfew

Kuwait arrested nine expatriates on Monday for violating the country’s newly implemented curfew.

In a statement, the Ministry of Interior’s public relations and security media department, said the nine, who were caught in the Farwaniyah area, will be deported immediately.

The curfew was called on Sunday, ordering citizens to stay indoors between 5pm and 4am, as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The statement said: “The security services tolerate no breach of the rules of the partial nationwide curfew.”

Authorities previously said anyone caught breaking the curfew in Kuwait will be jailed for up to three years and fined $32,000.

It has been revealed that, during the curfew hours, staff from Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD) will be using 170 vehicles to deliver medicines.

There are currently 189 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Kuwait.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education has announced that resident teachers and ministry staff can travel back to their home countries without needing a leave permit.

In terms of resident teachers and staff whose residency visa expires while abroad, the ministry said that efforts will be coordinated with Kuwaiti diplomatic missions to allow them to travel back to Kuwait.