Kuwait has announced that it will impose a nationwide curfew of 11 hours from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. from Sunday until further notice, the Kuwait news agency (KUNA) reported.
The drastic measure is part of the country’s efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
“Regrettably, non-compliance with the Ministry of Health’s instructions to stay inside has forced the government to partially curfew,” said Anas Khaled Nasser Al Saleh, deputy prime minister, interior minister and minister of state for cabinet affairs, at a press conference after a cabinet meeting.
He added that the Civil Protection Committee will issue ID cards to people working in key sectors to ensure that they can move around during the curfew.
Al Saleh said the Kuwaiti cabinet had also decided to extend the suspension of the government and private sectors for another two weeks.
Earlier last week, the government warned that if the public did not comply with the issued guidelines and laws, it would take stricter measures to combat the corona virus.
The minister emphasized that anyone who violated the Corona Virus curfew in Kuwait will be detained for up to three years and fined 10,000 Kuwaiti dinars ($ 32,000) under the new laws.