Gulf nations implement strict regulations following surge in COVID cases
Dubai: Various Gulf nations have increased their precautionary measures against COVID cases following a recent surge in cases. Kuwait has implemented a temporary ban on foreigners. The ban will be exercised for a period of two weeks from Sunday. The cabinet has ordered that commercial institutions should not work from 8 pm to 5 am in the morning. However, concession has been granted to pharmacies and stores that sell food items. COVID vaccination drive of Kuwait is still progressing. 2 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine was brought to Kuwait on Monday. It is estimated that 3 lakh doses of the vaccine can be brought to the country by April. Currently, Pfizer Biotech is also distributing the vaccine.
The Home Ministry of Saudi Arabia has implemented temporary ban on all events organised in hotels and wedding halls. The new regulation came to existence from Thursday. Weddings receptions have been banned for 1 month and other forms of entertainment such as movie theatres, video game centres and sports centres have been banned for 10 days. It is reported that the temporary ban will be extended if needed after reviewing the situation.
Saudi had banned the entry of people from 20 nations including India and UAE since last Tuesday. Only returning Saudi nationals, foreign diplomats, health workers and their families from these countries will be allowed entry. Regulations have been implemented on people visiting the pilgrimage sites.
Meanwhile, regulations have been made stricter in UAE after it was revealed that COVID norms are being violated. The regulations will be in place until February 28. Hotels can function only with 70 percent capacity, bars and pubs will be closed temporarily, informed Ahmed Al Falasi, CEO of Dubai Tourism Corporate Services and Investment.
Public gatherings will be regulated in Qatar from Thursday. Only 80 percent attendance is allowed in government and private offices. Not more than 15 people should take part in office meetings.
The travel ban implemented by Saudi Arabia has caused distress to many people including Indians who reached UAE in order to go Saudi Arabia as they have been stuck following the unexpected order.