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Muslim men wearing protective masks perform Friday prayers at a mosque in Kuwait City on February 28, 2020. - Kuwait's Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs set the Friday prayer sermon to not exceed 10 minutes, and to discuss precautions against COVID-19 coronavirus disease infections. Kuwait has recorded 43 coronavirus cases since its outbreak, the United Arab Emirates reported 13, while Bahrain has 33, and Oman is at four cases. Government institutions in the gulf country suspended the use of fingerprint recognition to clock in and out. (Photo by YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFP)

Kuwait‘s cabinet has banned indoor gatherings from January 9 until February 28 over concerns about the rapid spread of coronavirus.

Under tighter Covid-19 restrictions, incoming travellers will be required to carry a negative PCR test 72 hours before arriving in the country as of Tuesday, state news agency Kuna reported.

Kuwait‘s cabinet also urged residents to receive their third, booster, coronavirus shot “to prevent a third wave of the pandemic”, Kuna said.

Kuwait’s Ministry of Health said that the number of daily reported Covid-19 cases has ”doubled” over the past 10 days.

“For indicators to remain under control, continuous co-operations, awareness and care are required,” it said in a tweet.

Over 85 per cent of Kuwait’s population, or 3.2 million people, have received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine, the Health Ministry’s latest figures show.

The Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are among the approved inoculations in the country.

In recent days, Kuwait’s embassies in the UK, Italy, Germany, Spain, Ukraine and France have issued warnings for citizens to leave these countries and return home amid fears of a spike in the new strain of the virus Omicron and further travel restrictions.

Kuwait is also facing a bout of unstable weather that has prompted the government to issue warnings for people to remain indoors.

The Kuwait Meteorological Department said visibility would improve today but expected heavy winds and low temperatures to continue.