Kuwaiti envoy: Medical certificate only a precaution for coronavirus

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‘Let me make it clear, this is not a ban and not even a restriction’

The Kuwaiti Ambassador in Dhaka has said a medical certificate confirming that a person is free from coronavirus has been made compulsory for Bangladeshis and other nine countries before entering Kuwait as a precautionary measure.

“Let me make it clear, this is not a ban and not even a restriction,” the Kuwaiti Ambassador Adel Muhammed AH Hayat told Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday.

When asked the logic behind including Bangladesh as no one in the country has been infected by coronavirus, the envoy said: “Look, Egypt also does not have anyone affected by the virus. Despite that we have included it among the group of 10 countries. 

“This is nothing but a precautionary measure. Coronavirus is a serious thing,” he reiterated.

He also said any national from the listed 10 countries would need to acquire a medical certificate from designated medical centres before entering Kuwait to certify that he or she is free from coronavirus.

“Kuwait is a small country. We already have quite a few people infected by coronavirus. We cannot take any chance,” he added.

The nine other countries are — Philippines, India, Egypt, Syria, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Georgia, and Lebanon.

At 56, Kuwait has the largest number of infections in the Middle East outside Iran. 

Of late, Kuwaiti authorities have instituted a spate of measures aimed at containing the spread of the virus, including quarantines and banning visits to prisons for two weeks.

As of now, over 3,000 people have been killed by the virus.