KUWAIT CITY, April 19 (Xinhua) -- Kuwait will extend the partial curfew until the end of Ramadan as efforts to curb spread of COVID-19, the Kuwaiti government announced Monday.
According to a decision made at a regular meeting of the government, the curfew hours will remain unchanged, from 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. local time, starting April 22 until the end of Ramadan.
Kuwaiti Minister of Health Bassel Al-Sabah said at the meeting that there is an increase in deaths and infections with more people in intensive care units (ICUs).
The decision may be reassessed with the regular review of the COVID-19 pandemic situation, Foreign Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah said after the meeting.
The government also urged residents and citizens to assume social responsibility and get the COVID-19 vaccine, saying it is the only way to reduce deaths and infections as well as pressure on ICUs.
On April 1, the Kuwaiti government decided to further shorten the curfew by one hour to last between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. local time, and allow walk inside residential areas between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. from April 8 to April 22.