By Gavin Gibbon
The Gulf state has called off national day celebrations for Tuesday and Wednesday
Kuwait has suspended all flights to and from South Korea, Thailand and Italy due to the coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said the decision was taken following recommendations from the Ministry of Health.
The total number of people infected in Kuwait has reached five, while South Korea has reported 893 cases and nine deaths; seven people have died and more than 231 have come down with the virus in Italy; while cases in Thailand remain at 37, with no reported fatalities as yet.
The DGCA said all expats who visited these countries over the past two weeks will not be allowed to enter Kuwait, even if they have valid visas, while Kuwaitis will be put in quarantine at special health facilities.
It added that no entry visas will be issued for those coming from the three countries.
Last week, Kuwait banned entry of all ships from Iran and suspended flights to and from the country, where the virus has claimed the lives of 12 people.
Kuwait also banned non-citizens coming from Iran from entering the Gulf state and operated chartered flights to bring back hundreds of Kuwaiti Shiite pilgrims.
The Gulf state has called off national day celebrations for Tuesday and Wednesday.