Qatar extends ban of flights, lockdown of industrial area in Doha

In this Friday, June 16, 2017 photo, Qatar Airways planes are seen parked at the Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. (AP)

Qatar said on Wednesday it will be extending a suspension of inbound flights except transit and cargo over coronavirus fears, according to a report by state-run Qatar News Agency.

The Gulf state also extended a lockdown of an industrial area in Doha where authorities reported dozens of cases of the disease.

Also on Wednesday, Qatar confirmed it detected 54 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections to 835 so far.

The statement from the Qatari Ministry of Public Health said the cases were related to travelers who returned to Doha and others who came into physical contact with the infected cases.

A day earlier, Qatar confirmed a second death as a result of the novel coronavirus. The man who died was a male resident, 58, who also suffered from chronic diseases.

(With Reuters)

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