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Kuwait Reports 2 New Virus Cases in 24 Hours, Oman Suspends Flights

Kuwait Reports 2 New Virus Cases in 24 Hours, Oman Suspends Flights

Tuesday, 24 March, 2020 - 11:00
Kuwait reports new coronavirus cases. (KUNA)
Asharq Al-Awsat

Kuwait reported on Tuesday two new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 191.

Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Abdullah al-Sanad said nine patients have recovered, which takes the tally to 39.

Kuwait had imposed a nationwide curfew on Sunday from 5 pm until 4 am to fight the spread of the pandemic.

Kuwait, which went into virtual lockdown on Thursday, said violators of the curfew could face up to three years in jail or fines of up to 10,000 dinars ($32,157).

Kuwait arrested and will deport nine expatriates for violating the curfew, state news agency KUNA said. The health ministry said all citizens and residents arriving from abroad must enter 14-day quarantine.

Oman announced on Tuesday it was suspending all internal and international flights as of March 29, except cargo operations and flights to Musandam, according to state TV.

The Gulf country currently has 84 cases and has yet to record a death attributable to the virus.

The UAE, with 248 infections, has followed other Gulf states in trying to curb the spread of the virus, urging people to stay at home, but not announcing an official curfew or suspending work.

It has suspended prayers in mosques for four weeks starting Tuesday and plans to close malls, commercial centers, restaurants and cafes as well as open retail food markets for two weeks from Wednesday.

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