The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait has temporarily suspended its on-site operations after one of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In an advisory Thursday, the embassy said it will suspend its services from July 2 – 16.
On-site operations of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (POLO-OWWA) are likewise suspended during the same period.
The embassy said the suspension of its operations was done “in accordance with the protocols of the World Health Organization and the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health, which requires people in close contact with a COVID-19-positive to undergo a 14-day quarantine.”
“Those with scheduled appointments with the Embassy on 2-16 July, 2020, are advised to wait for the call or message from the Embassy, preferably through WhatsApp, for the rescheduling of their appointments,” the embassy said.
Filipinos in Kuwait can still seek for assistance from the embassy and its attached agencies through its hotlines and social media accounts:
- Facebook page: www.facebook.com/PHinKuwait
- Twitter account: www.twitter.com/PHinKuwait
- Consular (Passport) Section hotlines: 6518-4433; 6990-2188
- ATN Unit hotline: 6500-2612
- POLO-OWWA hotline: 9403-9063
The embassy advised Filipinos “in extremely distressed situations” to contact the Kuwaiti government’s emergency hotlines:
- Kuwait Police: 112 (for non-COVID-19 related cases)
- Kuwait Ministry of Health: 151 (for COVID-19 related cases)
“The Embassy requests for the public’s understanding during this time,” it said.