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Kuwait evacuates citizens from Iran following coronavirus outbreak

People wear masks after deaths and new confirmed cases revealed from the coronavirus in Tehran, Iran on 21 February 2020 [Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency]
People wear masks after deaths and new confirmed cases revealed from the coronavirus in Tehran, Iran on 21 February 2020 [Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency]

Some 800 Kuwaitis have been evacuated from the Iranian city of Mashhad onboard six flights following the outbreak of the coronavirus, spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Abdullah Al-Sanad, announced yesterday.

Al-Sanad said that all the evacuees were in good health and did not show any signs of infection of the new coronavirus infection symptoms.

“There are no suspected cases of infection among the passengers, and all passengers were transferred to quarantine at home,” Al- anad said, pointing out that the procedure is in accordance with international recommendations to prevent infection.

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Kuwait Airways sent on Saturday the first flight to evacuate Kuwaitis from Iran, after the coronavirus outbreak spread to several cities in the Islamic Republic.

Kuwait also suspended all flights to and from Iran and prevented all ships coming from Iran from docking at its ports.

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