Kuwait closes land and sea border crossings - cabinet

All restaurants and cafes would only operate for delivery and take away services until further notice

  
A Kuwaiti family repatriated from Amman, wearing protective face masks, prepare their luggage while arriving at Kuwait Airport, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Kuwait City, Kuwait April 21, 2020.

A Kuwaiti family repatriated from Amman, wearing protective face masks, prepare their luggage while arriving at Kuwait Airport, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Kuwait City, Kuwait April 21, 2020.

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LONDON: Kuwait will close its land and sea border crossings, with the exception of shipping operations and workers in the neutral zone, from Wednesday until March 20, the cabinet said on Monday via Twitter.

Citizens, and domestic workers accompanying them, are allowed to return through land and sea ports, as are citizens’ first-degree relatives, the cabinet added.

The Council of Minsters said that citizens arriving into the country will be subjected to mandatory quarantine, and they must spend a week at a hotel and another week at home.

During their weekly meeting, the cabinet also said it would form a joint committee, headed by the Ministry of Interior and including the health ministry the civil aviation authority, tasked with overseeing that quarantine measures are enforced upon arrival.

It also said that as of Wednesday, restaurants and cafes, including those in shopping malls, would only operate for delivery and take away services until further notice.

Kuwait on Monday reported 899 new confirmed cases in the previous 24 hours, and five deaths related to the virus, bringing the totals to 184,989 and 1,049, respectively. Health authorities also said 955 patients recovered from the virus, raising the total to 173,182.

On Saturday, Kuwait announced it was extending an entry ban for non-Kuwaiti citizens until further notice as part of coronavirus restriction measures.

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