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Kuwait will extend the suspension of work in the public sector including at government ministries until 31 May and expand a nationwide curfew to 16 hours, a government spokesman has said.

He told a televised news conference that the 4pm-8am curfew will go into effect at the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, which could fall on Thursday or later this week depending on the sighting of the new crescent moon.

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In the UK, the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, has said he hopes parliament will resume virtually this week and that in future votes may even be held remotely.

The House has survived being burned down by the great fire of 1834 and bombed during the Second World War.

We now face a new challenge, Covid-19, an invisible killer that has claimed so many lives already. It means that when we come back from the Easter recess, our MPs and the House of Commons will have to work in a different way.

The House of Commons returns from recess tomorrow, but things will look different.

Here are some examples of changes that have been made on the parliamentary estate to encourage social distancing.

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