Kuwait’s My Mobile ID (Hawiyati) app will soon display someone’s quarantine status alongside other health data related to COVID-19. The update is being rolled out in an effort to slow the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, and is being implemented in conjunction with new screening measures and a new quarantine policy for those entering the country.
The Kuwait Ministry of Health and the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) are working together to implement the new policy. The My Mobile ID app already displays an individual’s vaccination record, and will now provide a mauve label that indicates whether or not that person should be in quarantine to safeguard public health. In that regard, anyone wishing to enter Kuwait will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and have a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours before arrival. They must also quarantine at home for 10 days even if their test shows that they are free of the coronavirus.
People in Kuwait can end their quarantine early if they can produce a second negative test result 72 hours after arriving in the country. Meanwhile, the country is trying to distribute booster shots to as many people as possible to further curb the spread of Omicron. Fifteen health centers recently started offering third doses, while the Jaber Bridge, Jleeb Youth Center, and Mishref Fairgrounds vaccination centers are offering third doses without a prior appointment. COVID-19 boosters are now available at a total of 51 clinics across the country.
As it stands, 37,000 people in Kuwait obtained a booster shot, while 198 people tested positive for COVID-19 within a recent 24 hour period. Several countries and companies have introduced mobile apps facilitate the sharing of health data during the pandemic, though Kuwait is one of the first to pair that data with quarantine information.
Source: Arab Times Online