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Kuwait coronavirus cases jump to 56 as Iran link grows

Health Ministry confirms 10 new cases in last 24 hours, saying all patients have visited Iran

Kuwait coronavirus cases jump to 56 as Iran link grows
Kuwaiti men wearing protective masks shop in Kuwait City.

Ten coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have been registered in Kuwait in the last 24 hours, taking the total number to 56, it was announced on Monday.

Dr Buthaina Al-Mudhaf, the Health Ministry's Assistant Undersecretary, told a daily briefing that the new cases were all patients who visited Iran.

All cases are for Kuwaitis, adding that they are in a stable condition and recovering, she added.

Earlier, Kuwait said it has banned all types of visas for all nationalities looking to enter the country as officials look to contain the current coronavirus outbreak.

Only foreigners who hold legal residencies, will be allowed to enter, except those who have visited infected countries.

Kuwait has already cut all transport links to Iran and several other countries, while GCC citizens can no longer use their respective IDs to travel between Gulf countries and must have passports.

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