Kuwait to Suspend All Commercial Flights as Coronavirus Outbreak Spreads

Government also Gives Employees 2-Week Holiday

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Kuwait has announced that it will suspend all commercial flights leaving and arriving at Kuwait City International Airport from Friday in an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus.

However, the flight ban does not include cargo aircraft and planes carrying Kuwaitis evacuated from abroad.

The government said it will give its employees a two-week holiday starting on Thursday until March 26. A government spokesperson also said gatherings will also be prohibited.

The country’s health ministry has recorded 72 confirmed coronavirus cases.

The announcement comes after the World Health Organization declared the global outbreak a pandemic. The agency called on governments to scale up their “emergency response mechanism”