Filter for Kuwait Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-08-01 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Kuwait International Airport plans to resume inbound and outbound commercial flights at 30 percent capacity on August 1.
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2020-07-21 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Foreign Minster Dr Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Sabah briefed the Cabinet on Kuwait’s welcome of the UN demand from the country to provide treatment to UN staff from Central and West Asia that have critical coronavirus infections in Kuwait’s hospitals
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2020-07-12 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Sports activities in Kuwait have just passed the first phase of resumption, the body overlooking the sector said on Saturday, citing athletes were subjected to rigorous testing to ensure they were free of the novel coronavirus. Athletes who have not been examined are "strictly prohibited" from resuming training, Kuwait’s Public Authority for Sports’ (PAS) deputy director general Saqer Al-Mulla said in a statement, urging all sports clubs to abide by guidelines and safety precautions outlined by the country’s health ministry.
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2020-07-11 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Kuwait Municipality said on Saturday it recently carried out its largest shop closures under phase two of coronavirus lockdown easing, with a total of 122 forced shut due to a lack of health standards and commitment to social distancing. Some nine closures included the "Friday Market, a large supermarket in Mirqab and a famous furniture company at a mall," Municipality Director Ahmad Al-Manfouhi said in a statement. They come after 113 shops were sealed off before the June 30 phase two of lockdown easing. The Municipality will not hesitate to shut down any shop or market found not complying with health and safety precautions issued by the Cabinet and the Ministry of Health
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2020-07-06 In Public health measures: Testing policy
Passengers departing Kuwait must obtain a health certificate issued either by a medical lab approved by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health or at the airport medical laboratory
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2020-07-06 In Public health measures: Testing policy
Passengers arriving in Kuwait must obtain an approved PCR health certificate confirming negative COVID-19 test results. They will also be required to register with the Shlonik application before boarding their aircraft for Kuwait
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2020-07-06 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Passengers arriving in Kuwait must sign a commitment pledge to comply with quarantine measures once in Kuwait.
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2020-07-06 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
Body temperature scans will be taken for all passengers before boarding their aircraft and upon arrival in Kuwait. A random PCR test will be conducted on passengers upon arrival in Kuwait.
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2020-06-30 Out Movement restrictions: Curfews
Effective Tuesday, June 30, the Government of Kuwait will transition from Phase One to Phase Two of Kuwait’s five-phased reopening plan. During Phase Two, a 9-hour curfew is in effect from 8:00pm until 5:00am.
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2020-06-30 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
A complete lockdown continues to be imposed on several neighborhoods until further notice: Farwaniya, Mahboula, and Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh. Residents of these areas may leave their houses during the non-curfew hours but will not be able to leave their neighborhoods.
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2020-06-30 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS), and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) Monday held the third edition of the annual High-Level Policy Dialogue to exchange insights on trends in the humanitarian environment and responses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, held by videoconference, brought together Sheikh Dr Ahmad Nasser Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait, Dr Hilal Al-Sayer, President of the Kuwait Red Crescent Society, Abdulwahab Ahmad Al-Bader, Director General of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, and Peter Maurer, President of the ICRC, to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kuwait and the Middle East region and explore how they can enhance cooperation to provide sustainable responses to the needs of affected persons.
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2020-06-30 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
re-opening of government offices and private businesses with no more than 30 percent staff. The banking, financial, and construction sectors, retail stores, shopping malls, and public parks are also set to reopen in Phase Two. Services at restaurants and cafes will be limited to drive-through and takeout only.
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2020-06-22 In Public health measures: Testing policy
Random field testing for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) started Sunday as a team was sent to test residents of a Hawally building on the first day of the end of the area’s total lockdown. The Health Ministry had announced a day before that it would start field random testing for the coronavirus disease by sending teams to homes selected randomly at different residential areas. The ministry said in a statement the house visits will commence from 5 – 11 pm daily and will cover all residential areas for expats and citizens. It asked people to demand the identification of the teams and to cooperate with them. The campaign comes after a steep rise in the number of cases reported in the country.
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2020-06-21 Out Movement restrictions: Curfews
Kuwaiti authorities announced on Thursday, June 18, that the partial curfew will be shortened effective from Sunday, June 21, amid the further easing of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. The partial curfew will be in effect between 19:00 and 05:00 (local time) daily.
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2020-06-21 Out Lockdown: Partial lockdown
The lockdown in Hawally, Nuqra, Maidan Hawally, and some blocks in Khaitan, will also be lifted, although local lockdowns will continue in Farwaniya, Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, and Mahboula.
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2020-06-10 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Mosques in so-called modern residential areas reopened their doors to worshippers
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2020-06-09 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Grocery shopping by appointment after Kuwait shifted from full to partial curfew
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2020-06-09 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
Kuwait Cabinet approves laboratory testing facilities at airport, land ports
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2020-06-02 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Cabinet allows banks to reopen from Tuesday
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2020-06-01 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Kuwaiti troops deploy around top densely-populated district. The Cabinet, in its latest session, decided to isolate a number of densely-populated districts including Hawally, in one of latest measures in the face of the novel coronavirus.
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2020-06-01 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
All passengers, including minors, are required to wear a mask and gloves upon arrival at the airport. Neither the airport nor the airline will provide them to passengers.
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2020-05-31 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Mosques, general services, including maintenance and laundry, home delivery services, restaurant and cafe drive-through and delivery services, company transport vehicles, auto repair shops, and private hospitals and medical clinics have reopened as of May 31.
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2020-05-30 Out Movement restrictions: Curfews
end of full curfew on may 30
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2020-05-30 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
The council of ministers decided today not to extend the total curfew when it expires on May 30. after May 30, the country will return to a partial curfew.
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2020-05-26 In Public health measures: Testing policy
The Ministry of Health is randomly testing 180 citizens and residents daily as part of its measures to curb COVID-19. Detailed instructions will be sent to those selected for a COVID swab via text message. The testing is not mandatory.
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2020-05-18 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
The use of face masks is mandatory in all public spaces, including grocery stores and during the daily 2-hour walking period. Individuals who are found in violation of the law will be imprisoned for up to three months and/or fined up to 5,000 KD.
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2020-05-17 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
Kuwait launches drive-through coronavirus testing center at airport
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2020-05-14 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Kuwaiti citizens who enter Kuwait from any country will be put in home quarantine for 28 days upon arrival unless they display COVID-19 symptoms in which they will be put in institutional quarantine.
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2020-05-14 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Al-Khairan Resort will be used as a field hospital
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2020-05-13 In Socio-economic measures: Military deployment
Kuwait National Guard supports co-op to meet customer needs
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2020-05-11 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
During the temporary "24h curfew" home delivery is allowed
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2020-05-10 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Government establishes process to enable persons to get their medications easier during the temporary "24 curfew"
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2020-05-10 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
The current nightly curfew from 16.00 to 08.00 will become a 24-hour curfew on 10 May. Nonetheless, people will be allowed to walk inside their residential areas from 16.30 to 18.30. Businesses in essential sectors (e.g. health, security, electricity, oil and municipality, etc.) will be allowed to continue operating. Additionally, supermarkets will be allowed to operate and grocery stores located in areas frequented by expats will remain open.
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2020-05-10 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
National "24h Curfew" from 10th May to 30th May with only able to leave home for grocery shopping and for attending essential medical needs (exemptions: lifestock owners to attend their farm; exercising in residential areas from 4:30 – 6:30 pm; grocery shopping once every 6 days with appointment)
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2020-05-04 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Environment authority distributes bins for the save storage of used PPEs
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2020-05-04 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Kuwait’s MoH urges to comply with the safety measures
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2020-05-04 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Ministry of Education shuts down after a case is found
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2020-05-01 In Socio-economic measures: Military deployment
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2020-05-01 In Movement restrictions: Checkpoints within the country
Checkpoints to ensure compliance with curfews
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2020-04-28 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
All government and private agencies will be closed until 31 May.
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2020-04-27 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Car shops are allowed to reopen if they are connected to cooperative societies and in gas stations
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2020-04-26 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
That ‘ClO2 product’ is not authorized by the MoH
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2020-04-25 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Construction of 5000 bed quarantine facility
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2020-04-24 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
600 mio. KD spend on corona response, including for healthcare system
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2020-04-24 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
During Ramadan, food delivery services will be permitted to operate between 5:00pm and 1:00am
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2020-04-24 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
National Curfew extended to range from 4pm to 8am
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2020-04-23 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Various Ramadan traditions suspended amidst public gathering limits and curfews
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2020-04-22 Out Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Ministry of Health has allowed private medical clinics to re-open for three days a week from 11:00am to 2:00pm
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2020-04-22 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Launch of digital ID cards, as in-person distribution is complicated
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2020-04-21 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
The cabinet assigned Kuwait National Fund for Small and Medium Enterprise Development to take appropriate measures to produce fabric-made masks to meet growing needs of people and citizens being repatriated.
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2020-04-20 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Online appointment booking service implemented and expanded to book times for grocery shopping during Curfew hours
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2020-04-20 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Public naming of persons that did not comply with home quarantine or curfew regulations on social media and media
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2020-04-20 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Kuwait national bank issues KD 240mio. in bonds
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2020-04-20 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Extension until 28th May: All non-emergency government offices are closed, unless otherwise notified
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2020-04-19 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Home-based quarantine monitored through bracelet
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2020-04-19 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Mandatory app to monitor the repatriated persons
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2020-04-19 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Food distribution for most vulnerable
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2020-04-18 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Border closure with Iraq
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2020-04-17 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Outdoor activities, such as exercising, strictly forbidden within boundaries of residental areas, farms and chalet, particularly during curfew hours
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2020-04-16 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
The issuance of all visas (except for diplomatic purposes) is suspended indefinitely. BUT All types of visas are automatically extended until 31 May.
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2020-04-16 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
New emergency wards established
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2020-04-16 In Public health measures: Psychological assistance and medical social work
Mental health counselling program online from Zain telecom company in collaboration with MoH
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2020-04-15 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
If a foreign national’s tourist visa or residency expired or will expire between March 1 and May 30, it will automatically be extended until May 31, 2020.
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2020-04-14 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Vehicles entering Kuwait are disinfected through jetting machines
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2020-04-13 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Calls for volunteering opportunities for health personell
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2020-04-12 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Kuwait Food Bank provides food aid to needy families
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2020-04-11 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Kuwait Health Ministry urges COVID-19 recovered persons to donate blood
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2020-04-11 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
12 centres approved as coronavirus quarantine sites
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2020-04-11 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Kuwait airport reopened for departing flights
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2020-04-08 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Info ministry reduces staff attendance
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2020-04-06 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
All public governmental services continue to be on holidays until 26th April
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2020-04-06 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh and Mahboula areas in Kuwait City are in isoation lockdown.
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2020-04-06 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
Food, water, and basic necessities being available for distribution to residents
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2020-04-05 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Foreigners still in the country without residency permit or with expired one have to leave the country within April
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2020-04-04 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
5 bn. Dinars from banks as funding incentives
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2020-04-04 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
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2020-04-03 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
Additional facilities in airports established
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2020-04-03 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
People under quarantine are being monitored by a smart application to ensure compliance
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2020-04-01 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Closure of all shops that carry out repair, maintenance or sale of cars
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2020-04-01 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Kuwait’s central bank announced a stimulus package to support vital sectors and small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
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2020-03-29 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Medicines from pharmacies delivered directly to persons
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2020-03-28 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Cooperative stores have been banned from selling to non-residents
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2020-03-24 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Kuwaiti citizen and people entering from any country will be put under 14 days quarantine
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2020-03-22 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
All private medical offices, clinics, and laboratories are closed until further notice. Public and private hospitals, and private hospital clinics remain open.
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2020-03-22 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
Nationwide curfew from 5:00pm until 4:00am; violations fined by 10,000KD and imprisoned for up to three years. Foreign nationals found in violation of the curfew order also risk deportation.
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2020-03-18 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Banning of many public gatherings, including weddings, receptions, etc. (both public and private)
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2020-03-17 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Arrivals from any risk country are put in mandatory institutional quaratine
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
500 million KD additional funding to ministries and state agencies to address COVID-19 in the country
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2020-03-13 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
All commercials flights to and from Kuwait
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2020-03-13 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Suspension of visas in all entry points
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2020-03-13 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Closure of public parks, shopping centres, religious centers, public transprot and alike (implemented either 13th or 14th March)
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2020-03-12 In Socio-economic measures: Limit product imports/exports
Food products were temporarily banned from being exported
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2020-03-11 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
All foreigners are banned (with exception of residents and family members) from entering the country
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2020-03-08 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) set up a KD 10 million ($31.9 million) fund, financed by Kuwaiti banks, to support government’s efforts in combating the virus.
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2020-03-04 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) introducted various measures, including: reduced interest rates on all monetary policy instruments by 1 percentage point; instructed banks to delay loan payments from companies affected; ecreased the risk weights for SMEs (from 75 percent to 25 percent) in determining capital adequacy; reduced banks’ capital adequacy requirements; increased the residential lending limits; committed to provide liquidity if needed;
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2020-02-26 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
Initially for two weeks; On March 19, the government extended the closure of public schools, universities, and colleges through the beginning of August.
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2020-02-20 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
All flights from South Korea, Italy and Thailand
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