COVID-19 infections are surging across several Gulf States, with the daily number of cases hitting a record all time high in Kuwait.
19 January 2022, 12:00 AM
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Daily COVID-19 infections have exceeded the 5,000 mark for the first time since the country’s first case of the pandemic was detected nearly two years ago, local media said.
There is an upward trend in infections caused by the highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19 in all countries, Al Jarida newspaper reported.
The Health Ministry Monday said that 5,147 coronavirus cases were registered in the past 24 hours, the highest in around 23 months.
The latest cases raise the country’s tally to 470,478 amid a spike in infections in Kuwait.
The ministry also confirmed one more death, brining Kuwait’s overall related fatalities to 2,477.
Khalid Al Jarallah, the head of the Higher Advisory Committee for Tackling Coronavirus said, "Despite a spike in infections, the Kuwaiti health system is capable of standing up the latest wave".
Meanwhile, a shipment of 40,000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has arrived in Kuwait from Portugal, the paper said.
The doses will be administered as booster shots to the people who have been fully vaccinated by Oxford-AstraZeneca, it added.