KUWAIT: Health Ministry Spokesman Dr Abdullah Al-Sanad announced today that it is confirmed that a number of persons contracted the Indian COVID-19 strain, also known as the Delta variant, in the country. Dr Al-Sanad said in a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that MoH is conducting genetic examinations of the virus on a regular basis to study patterns of the strains' spread in Kuwait and coordinating with countries around the world to combat the virus.

The Delta strain has been detected in more than 62 countries throughout the world. Simultaneously with the emergence of new strains of the coronavirus in some countries, the MoH has scrambled to take a chain of precautionary measures, such as genetic planning by specialized technical teams to contain the pathogen, Dr Al-Sanad added in remarks to KUNA.

He again called upon citizens and residents to take the standard precautions to cope with the various forms of the virus’ mutations, noting that the precautions must be intensive and continuing, namely by taking vaccines, wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, washing hands and avoiding gatherings. – KUNA