Gov’t raises alarm about Covid-19 ahead of winter

The Kuwaiti cabinet, during its weekly meeting at Seif Palace on Monday, reiterated the call for the citizens and expatiates to take seriously the epidemic situation of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country in the run-up to winter.

The meeting, chaired by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, was briefed by Minister of Health Sheikh Dr. Basel Hmoud Al-Sabah on the latest developments of the second wave of the contagion of the illness.

Sheikh Dr. Basel noted that over 40 million people contracted the illness and 1.116 million others died of it around the globe.

He also put the cabinet members in the picture about the health situation in Kuwait, including the latest statistics of infections, deaths, hospitalizations and recoveries, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Anas Khaled Al-Saleh told reporters following the meeting.

The cabinet members urged all citizens and expatriates in Kuwait to realize the seriousness of the situation as winter approaches and continue committing themselves to the public health precautions and preventive measures, notably social distancing, avoiding crowded areas, and putting on facemasks.

The meeting discussed a suggestion from the public utility committee of the Public Authority for Industry (PAI) regarding jurisdiction over the sewage system in the industrial areas, Minister Anas Al-Saleh revealed.

The cabinet members decided to set up a committee, under the chairmanship of Environment Public Authority (EPA), to study the ecological hazards of industrial waste, sewage and raid drainage system.

The committee, also consisting of PAI, and the ministries of finance and public works, has to work out radical solutions that could prevent infringements on environment in the industrial areas in keeping with Article 34 of the Environment Protection Act 42 (2014).

It has also to report the cabinet on the progress of its work on a quarterly basis, Minister Anas Al-Saleh went on.

The cabinet approved the blueprint of a decree calling on eligible voters to cast their ballots in the 16th National Assembly elections, due on Saturday, December 5, 2020.

The decree was referred to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for final endorsement.

The cabinet members reviewed a range of political issues related to the situations in the Arab region and beyond.

They welcomed the success of the first stage of prisoner swap deal between the legitimate government of Yemen and the Houthi militia under the Stockholm Agreement.

They appreciated the efforts made in this regard by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the UN envoy for Yemen.

They voiced hope that all prisoners held by both sides would be released as soon as possible in order to help create suitable conditions for the resumption of inter-Yemeni peace talks and end the conflict in the Arab country in keeping with the three points of reference; namely the GCC initiative and its executive mechanisms, the outcomes of the Yemeni national dialogue and the UN Security Council Resolution 2216.

The cabinet members strongly denounced the recent terrorist attack in sisterly Iraq that claimed nine lives and ran counter to all religious, humanitarian and moral values.

They renewed solidarity of the State of Kuwait with the Republic of Iraq in the fight against terrorism with a view to preserving the security and stability of Iraq. They offered condolences for the families of the victims.

The cabinet members condemned the recent declaration by the Israeli authorities of plans to build nearly 5,000 housing units in Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank.

They stressed that Israel’s persistence in settlement expansions represents a stark contravention of international legitimacy, notably the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, and risks undermining the efforts to reach a comprehensive and permanent peaceful solution to Palestine question.

The cabinet member called on the international community to shoulder its responsibility for forcing Israel into halting such malpractices.

Source: Kuwait News Agency