Iraq closes border with Kuwait at country's request amid coronavirus outbreak

A Kuwaiti passenger is seen heading to Kuwait at the border gate between Iraq and Kuwait, at Safwan border crossing near Basra, Iraq May 10, 2018. (File photo: Reuters)

Iraq has shut its Safwan border crossing with Kuwait to travelers and trade at Kuwait’s request, the local mayor told Reuters on Monday without providing a reason, amid fears over the spread of coronavirus.

Kuwait said on Monday three people, including a Saudi national, who returned from Iran were infected by the new coronavirus, state news agency KUNA reported.

Iraq extended on Saturday an entry ban for any non-Iraqis coming from Iran, which has so far said it had confirmed 43 cases and eight deaths. Neighboring Iraq and Iran, both home to
Shia Muslim majorities, share close religious, political, and trade ties.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:02 - GMT 07:02