KUWAIT: Nine COVID-19 patients died in Kuwait in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health announced yesterday, noting that total fatalities increased to 857. Meanwhile, Kuwait registered 452 new cases during the same period, raising total infections to 138,337.

Total recoveries reached 129,839 after the ministry announced 798 patients have recovered in the past 24 hours. Official spokesperson of the Ministry of Health Dr Abdullah Al-Sanad said there were 105 patients receiving treatment at intensive care units, while the total number of those still receiving treatment amounted to 7,641. Health workers conducted 6,068 swab tests in the past 24 hours, raising the whole count to 1,029,227.

In other news, Kuwait's Embassy in Turkey yesterday called on Kuwaiti citizens to adhere to a new set of precautions declared by the local authorities to curb the novel coronavirus. The embassy urged Kuwaiti nationals to observe the partial curfew due to be effective as of 8:00 pm Friday until 10:00 am the next day. The new measures are applicable on people aged less than 20 in addition to the partial curfew imposed on those above 65 of age; except for some workers. Also according to the new measures, smoking is prohibited in public. - KUNA