Kuwait says low COVID-19 mortality rate due to strong treatment protocols

Kuwait is slowly returning to normality after a long lockdown due to coronavirus. (AFP file photo)
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Updated 24 October 2020

Kuwait says low COVID-19 mortality rate due to strong treatment protocols

  • Health ministry lashes out on efforts undermining efofrts of medical teams

DUBAI: Kuwait said that its strong health system and effective treatment protocols have ensured low COVID-19 mortality rates in the country, and rebuffed as ‘divorced from reality’ allegations some patients have been unable to access medical care.

The Kuwaiti health ministry is using ‘sophisticated safe curative and technical protocols as recommended by specialized international organizations’, a report from state news agency KUNA noted.

Kuwait’s latest COVID-19 related death toll stand at 740, from a current caseload of 120,232, since the coronavirus pandemic started. Overnight cases meanwhile were at 812 from 7,853 swab tests that were conducted.

KUNA added that health guidelines must be followed to rein in the spread of the coronavirus as well as ignore misinformation pertinent to relevant protocols must be shrugged off.

The country’s health ministry particularly lashed out on efforts undermining the sacrifices of medical teams and hit at allegations patients were denied access to hospitals.

UAE records 1,251 new coronavirus cases

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UAE records 1,251 new coronavirus cases

  • The total number of cases in the UAE since the pandemic began had reached 167,753, with the death toll now at 570

DUBAI: The UAE on Sunday recorded one death and 1,251 new coronavirus cases.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention said that the total number of cases since the pandemic began had reached 167,753, with the death toll now at 570.

The ministry added that 736 people had recovered over the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 154,185.

On Saturday, Abu Dhabi Ports said that it would store and distribute 70 million coronavirus vaccines to continue to play “a vital role in the global fight against COVID-19, using its enhanced logistics capabilities.”

The vaccines will be stored at Khalifa Industrial Zone (KIZAD), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, and is part of the Hope Consortium initiative launched by Abu Dhabi last month that “aims to serve as a logistics platform to coordinate and facilitate the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine around the world.”

Jamal Mohammed Alkaabi, undersecretary of Abu Dhabi’a Department of Health, said that the emirates “continues to play a vital role within the global effort to discover a vaccine for COVID-19. And as part of those efforts, we are providing logistical capabilities that will position the UAE as a distinguished local, regional, and global distribution hub.”

Meanwhile, Robert Sutton, head of Logistics Cluster, Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “Abu Dhabi Ports’ ability in expanding capacity to receive and store clinical, pharmaceutical and life science materials at moderate and extreme temperature ranges is a testament to our commitment to offer world-class logistics solutions.

“Our Department of Health-licensed facility fully integrates the movement of cargo with state-of-the-art temperature, humidity, and refrigeration-controlled technology. Abu Dhabi Ports, through our highly advanced infrastructure and multimodal connectivity, is ready and able to meet the challenges of distributing sensitive pharmaceuticals quickly across the supply chain,” he said.

Elsewhere, Kuwait recorded 231 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 142,426. The death toll reached 878 after three new fatalities were registered.

Oman’s Health Ministry said that its total number of cases had reached 123,484 and the death toll was 1,418.

In Bahrain, one death was reported, bringing the toll to 338, while 150 new infected cases were confirmed.