Kuwait and Corona: streets without congestion, and cafes without shisha


Kuwait / Muhammad Abdul Ghaffar / Anatolia

– The first cases of corona in Kuwait appeared on February 24 of people returning from Iran.
As of Thursday, the number of injured rose to 58
– The emergence of the virus in Kuwait led to a high price of the masks, twice the original price, and its scarcity.
Aseptic items disappeared from the markets and restaurants, losing 35% of their customers.The path of daily life in Kuwait, after the appearance of the first cases of coronavirus, appears to be completely different from what citizens and residents have been entrusted with, among the precautionary measures taken by the Kuwaiti authorities, to reduce the spread of the virus.

Unusual scenes, Kuwait residents have lived with since the first three cases of the Corona virus were discovered on February 24, in the hope that this global health cloud will pass through the least expected losses.

The announcement by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health of recording three cases of coronavirus among the returnees from Iran was widely echoed, accompanied by many steps and procedures.

This announcement, which was translated into real and immediate effect, by raising the prices of protective masks to more than twice the basic price, which prompted the Ministry of Trade and Industry to intervene quickly and issue a decision to determine its price, in addition to launching inspection campaigns on pharmacies and markets and closing dozens of illegal pharmacies.

All these measures could not provide the masks with the increased demand for them, forcing Kuwait to import 3.5 million muzzles to distribute to citizens, according to official announcements.

** The scarcity of sterile materials

Increased demand for masks, withdrew to sterile materials, whose presence has become scarce in associations and markets, amid attempts to provide them from the government.

With each new day after the appearance of Corona, the presence of sterilizers in the markets and government departments has become a natural and also necessary, as government departments provided sterilizers at their entrances and imposed on everyone a precautionary use.

Although no case was recorded from inside the country, because all the injured came from Iran, Kuwait equipped three quarries in 5-star hotels to place its citizens coming from Iranian cities, as a precaution to ensure that they are not infected with the virus.

The health authorities allowed those who did not show symptoms of HIV infection after examining the health isolation in their homes, with medical follow-up throughout the incubation period (14 days).

** Preventing shisha in cafes

Precautionary measures against Corona, cafes affected as the Ministry of Health decided last Tuesday to prevent hookahs in it, in addition to requiring all workers in men’s and women’s barbershops and health, sports and social clubs to provide a “healthy environment”, by adhering to personal protection methods from using gloves and masks, and using disinfectants And sterilizers.

The Kuwaiti health decision banning the hookah translated by the Kuwait municipality by implementing quick campaigns to close the infringing cafes and ensuring that the ban was implemented, in which the café owners saw a definite loss.

“Shisha” is a key component of Kuwaitis evenings in cafes and restaurants, where some keep smoking them daily with friends until late at night.

Ahmed Abu Sham, a Syrian citizen residing in Kuwait, told Anatolia that the prices of “shish” and their accessories of honey and others increased so much in the shops that sell them, since most of the “shisha” smokers resorted to buying their “shisha” to smoke them at home after the decision to ban “shisha” In cafes.

** Restaurant sales fell 35%.

Corona’s impact was not limited to cafes, but also included restaurants of all kinds, whose sales witnessed high rates of 35%.

In this context, Islam Mohamed (a restaurant official) told Anatolia that there is a noticeable decline in the number of restaurant customers, and this is expected to cause the closure of many small and medium restaurants because they are not able to bear losses in the long run.

Mohamed said that the retreat rate has reached 35% and will cause huge losses to restaurants.

It was supported by a restaurant owner and Al-Rumaih catering group, Hassan Harouni, who told Anatolia that the decline had reached 30 per cent.

Fear of the virus has left its effects on all facilities, with the Kuwaiti cabinet decision to suspend the study until March 12, as the streets were empty of the usual crowding.

But what is noticeable to Anatolia is the shrinking number of people attending clinics, amid fears that the virus will pass to them in them.

In this context, Abdullah Mohammed (a citizen) said that a number of citizens and expatriates refuse to review health centers in regular illnesses so that they are not suspected of having corona.

The Ministry of Health announced earlier Thursday that the number of injuries, to the majority of citizens, had risen to 58, after two new cases from Iran were registered and quarantined, while the Minister of Health announced the recovery of the first cases.

The number of deaths, “Corona” virus, which spread in 85 countries around the world until Thursday evening, rose to 3,308, while the number of infected people rose to more than 95,000, according to information calculated by Anatolia based on official announcements.

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