About 190,000 illegal expatriates in Kuwait do not receive COVID-19 vaccines, raising fears in the country, which is struggling to curb the spread of the disease and achieve community immunity.
Earlier this month, Kuwait extended a grace period for an additional month for illegal foreign residents in the country that now expires on May 15.
Security sources said that Interior Minister Thamer Al-Ali ordered the extension for humanitarian and health reasons.
This came due to the repercussions of the Coronavirus crisis and the closure of airports in many countries.
A security source said it also provides an opportunity to amend the illegal status to allow a foreign resident to be vaccinated against the virus.
"The recent rise in infection rates among foreign residents raises the alarm about illegal immigrants who are unable to receive vaccinations because their residence permits have expired. They are now unable to register through the Ministry of Health website," the source. "This threatens that they will pose health and security risks to the community."
Kuwait, with a population of 4.7 million, began mass vaccinations against COVID-19 in December.
Despite the vaccination campaign and stringent virus restrictions in Kuwait, a recent spike in infections has been observed in the country.
Kuwait has so far confirmed 256,404 cases of the virus and 1,511 related deaths.