Mask-clad residents walk in a neighbourhood of Kuwait City as authorities allowed people to exercise for two hours under a nationwide lockdown. AFP
Kuwait has said on Sunday it would start jailing people or fining them thousands of dollars for failing to wear a face mask to combat the novel coronavirus.
Kuwait’s health ministry said anyone caught could face up to three months in prison. In Kuwait the maximum fine stood at 5,000 dinars ($16,200).
Kuwait reported 1,048 new coronavirus, infections in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of infections to 14,850, while 5 deaths were reported, bringing the total fatalities’ toll up to 112.
The Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, quoted the Health Ministry spokesperson Dr Abdullah Al-Sanad as saying that 168 patients were in intensive care.
Earlier, the Ministry announced the recovery of 250 patients, bringing the total to 4,093 recoveries.
Saudi Arabia on Sunday reported 2,736 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections in the Kingdom to 54,752.
Assistant Minister of Health and Official Spokesman of the Ministry of Health Dr Mohammed Al Abdulaali was quoted by the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, saying that of the total 28,718 cases are active cases receiving medical care, and their health condition is mostly stable; with the exception of 202 cases receiving intensive care.
Travellers arriving on direct flights from high risk countries will have to resort to institutional quarantine in one of the local hotels for 14 days, while travellers coming from the rest of the world will have to quarantine institutionally for one week and another at home.
German police Saturday halted a Berlin march by thousands opposed to coronavirus restrictions in the biggest of several European protests against anti-virus curbs and masks to halt the pandemic.
The introduction of mandatory face masks in most enclosed spaces across Britain was designed to protect people during the pandemic but has made life very difficult for the deaf community.
"The mandatory wearing of masks on public transport, where social distancing is not possible, should by accompanied by one very simple precaution: avoid talking and making phone calls," the French National Academy of Medicine said in a statement.
At least 3,419 people have died in Turkey and 1,602 in government- and rebel-controlled parts of Syria, bringing the total to at least 5,021, officials and medical sources said.
The AFP cameraman captured a poignant picture of a Turkish father, Masoud Hanser, refusing to leave his dead daughter's hand under the rubble.
The two leaders engaged in friendly conversation and reviewed several topics of concern to UAE citizens, including the potential for maximising state gains.