Kuwait's central bank has announced a stimulus package to support vital sectors and SMEs amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The package enables banks to exercise their vital role in boosting economic growth through financing businesses and clients who need liquidity to continue their activities. It makes available US $16.5 billion for additional lending from local banks.
Kuwait has been under a partial curfew and national holiday since 20 April. On 27 May, the government met to prepare and discuss procedures for the phase after lockdown. Their responses included the reopening of malls and allowing public activities in line with Ministry of Health recommendations, and an ongoing partial curfew and health precautions in all public places along with periodic monitoring.
The government has upheld general health requirements in working areas, including social distancing and personal protection. Workers must maintain a 2-metre distance and wear face masks at all times in workplaces. Eating and drinking is also forbidden at workplaces and physical contact between employees and visitors must be reduced.
Kuwait's Supreme Committee for Food Safety has recommended a ban on imports of poultry meat, derivatives and eggs from the US state of South Carolina unless heat treated, citing an outbreak of H7N3 avian influenza in that state.