Netizens rage over Kuwaiti actress’s call to kick out expats over COVID-19 spread


Kuwaiti actress Hayat Al Fahd has called for deportation of expatriates from the oil-rich Gulf state so that locals can be assured to have hospital beds if they fall ill, as the country is fighting to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In a phone-in interview with Kuwaiti TV station ATV, the veteran actress lashed out at the illegals, blaming them for problems in her country.

Hayat al-Fahad, 71, who is known for playing a range of roles in Arabic dramas, told a local television station that foreigners in the country should be kicked out during the health crisis.

“We are fed up. If we get sick, there are no hospitals (for us),” she said during a telephone interview on Tuesday.

“Why, if their countries do not want them, should we deal with them? Aren’t people supposed to leave during crises?

“We should send them out… put them in the desert. I am not against humanity, but we have reached a stage where we’re fed up.”

Many people online criticised the actress’ comments, with one Twitter user saying it was “so unacceptable”.

“How many Kuwaitis are outside Kuwait at the moment? Should everyone also apply her logic when it comes to them?” another person posted.

Kuwait has recorded some 317 cases of the COVID-19 disease so far, with no deaths, and there are no accounts of its medical system being overstretched.

It has adopted the strictest measures in the Gulf to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus by largely locking down the country.

Kuwait has also announced that it will treat COVID-19 patients – including non-Kuwaitis, who account for nearly 70% of the population – for free. (Source: The Straits Times)