Kuwait suspends China, Hong Kong flights


KUWAIT – Kuwait announced Thursday that it has suspended travel to and from China and Hong Kong in the wake of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, reported Anadolu Agency.

The decision, taken 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 all Kuwaiti citizens as well as those with residence permits or visas in Kuwait who stayed in China or Hong Kong in the past two weeks, the statement added.

It also noted that the ban will be in force until the next announcement.

The coronavirus first broke out in Wuhan city in China’s Hubei province, which is currently on lockdown.

The World Health Organisation called an emergency meeting Thursday and declared the outbreak an international emergency.