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Kuwait Suspends Flights to and From Several States For a Week Over Coronavirus

© REUTERS / Stephanie McGeheeA woman wears a protective face mask, following the outbreak of the new coronavirus, in Kuwait, February 25, 2020
A woman wears a protective face mask, following the outbreak of the new coronavirus, in Kuwait, February 25, 2020 - Sputnik International
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Kuwait has recently seen a rise in the number of cases of new coronavirus (COVID-19), which originated in the Chinese Hubei province last December and has since spread to more than 80 countries.

Kuwait has suspended flights to and from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Bangladesh, Philippines, India, and Sri Lanka for a week beginning on Saturday, the country's civil aviation authority said in a tweet.

The General Administration of Civil Aviation has issued a circular to the airlines operating at Kuwait International Airport indicating that, based on the decision issued by the health authorities in the State of Kuwait, all flights arriving to and leaving from Kuwait International Airport are temporarily suspended For the following countries: Bangladesh, the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, the Syrian Arab Republic, the Lebanese Republic, the Arab Republic of Egypt) as of 7 March 2020 for a week. 

The circular clarified that citizens of the State of Kuwait coming from those countries are allowed to enter provided that quarantine procedures are applied to them.

As of today, at least 58 people have been infected with COVID-19 in Kuwait. The new virus was first identified in China's Wuhan and has claimed the lives of more than 3,000 poeple in mainland China.

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