Coronavirus: Kuwait reports eight new cases in last 24 hours, total now 80

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Kuwait on Thursday reported eight new cases of the deadly coronavirus in the last 24 hours, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health said during a press conference, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 80.

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Five of the new cases were Egyptian nationals who tested positive after they came in close contact with a person who had visited Azerbaijan, the ministry’s spokesman Abdullah al-Sanad said.

The three other cases were of Kuwaiti nationals who had traveled to Iran, he added.

Four patients were still in the intensive care unit, one in critical condition while the other three were stable, al-Sanad said.

The country has implemented several precautionary measures to contain the spread of the virus, including suspending all commercial flights to and from the country, shutting down malls and restaurants, and extending a national holiday.

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