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Kuwait suspends Iran flights amid coronavirus outbreak

Kuwait to place its citizens coming from Iran under quarantine

Serdar Bitmez   | 22.02.2020
Kuwait suspends Iran flights amid coronavirus outbreak

RIYADH 

Kuwait announced Friday it suspended travel to and from Iran in the wake of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

The decision by the Kuwaiti government was announced to airline companies operating at Kuwait International Airport, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation of Kuwait said in a statement.

The ban also covers foreigners who stayed in Iran in the last two weeks.

It added all Kuwaiti citizens will be under quarantine who were coming from Iran.

Chinese authorities Friday announced the death toll from the novel coronavirus outbreak reached 2,238.

The country's National Health Commission said there are 75,465 confirmed cases of the virus.

More than 18,260 people have been discharged from hospitals after recovering from the illness.

Coronavirus has spread to more than 25 other countries including the U.S., the U.K., Singapore, France, Russia, Spain and India.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak an international health emergency.

*Writing by Gozde Bayar

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