A government study about the implications of the corona crisis on the labor market revealed that the annual cost of supporting nationals working in the private sector is about KD 538 million – approximately KD 44.8 million per month, reports Al-Rai daily. According to the study, a total of 71,800 nationals are employed in the private sector or 4.1 percent of the total workforce in this sector. The study showed that 79.4 percent of the total cost mentioned above – KD 35.6 million per month – is spent on registered national workers under Chapter Three, while about KD 9.2 million per month or 20.6 percent is spent on those under Chapter Five. As for the wage categories, majority of the workers under Chapter Three belong to the KD 480 wage category – around 27,500 or 48 percent of the total number of workers under this chapter; while 26,500 or 46.2 percent belong to the less than KD 359 wage category.
On the distribution of national workers according to the sectors of the main occupations and registration in the Public Institution for Social Insurance, the available data indicate that the number of national workers registered under Chapter Three is about 57,300 or 79.8 percent of the total number of nationals working in the private sector; while those registered under Chapter Five reached 14,500.
Around 39.3 percent of Kuwaitis employed in the private sector are in wholesale and retail trade, restaurants, and hotels; while 24.3 are in the finance, insurance, real estate and business services sectors; and 12.6 percent are in social and personal services. Meanwhile, Director of Al-Sabah Specialized Medical District Dr Ahmed Al- Shatti said the latest statistics and figures indicate 2 out of every 100 cases of “COVID-19” disease needed hospitalization, report Al-Jarida daily. Al-Shatti told the daily, pointed to a significant decrease in the number of infections in countries that have increase the pace of vaccination targeting large areas of segments and societal groups. He stressed the importance of vaccination in reducing infections and reducing hospitalization.
He noted people who receive the vaccination and were exposed to the virus had symptoms less severe and in most cases did not need hospitalization in intensive care units and that there were no deaths among these people. He pointed out the cornerstone of controlling the ‘coronavirus’ is vaccination, and called on all those who have not received the vaccination to register immediately and receive the vaccine, to protect themselves, their families and society in general. He called on everyone not to esitate to receive the vaccine, as health is a trust and everyone is excited to return to normal life. He stressed that those who have received the vaccine must also adhere to the health instructions.