Coronavirus in Italy: Kuwait to send evacuation jet, UAE issues travel advisory

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Kuwait airways will send a plane to Milan, Italy to evacuate its citizens on Thursday, while the United Arab Emirates’ embassy in Rome advised its citizens to postpone travel to Italy and for those already in the country to avoid infected areas.

Italy has registered more than 400 coronavirus vases, while the death toll rose to 12 since last Friday.

“Kuwait Airways announces that… in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Interior and the General Administration of Civil Aviation, it will operate one special flight to the city of Milan in Italy to evacuate Kuwaiti citizens,” the airline said on its twitter account on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the UAE advised its citizens to postpone any travel plans to Italy and for those already in the European country to avoid infected areas and to follow the Italian authorities’ instructions, according to a tweet by the UAE’s embassy in Rome on Wednesday.

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Kuwait struck by coronavirus

Kuwait itself was struck by an outbreak of coronavirus this week.

Kuwait Health Ministry reported seven new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the total in the country to 25, according to a statement. Many of those infected in the country were travelers from Iran.

Passengers who arrived from Iran were moved to and quarantined in hotels.

Nearby Bahrain and UAE have also reported cases of coronavirus.