Kuwait announces three coronavirus infections

World Sergey Matyunin 24-Feb-2020
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Three people have been infected with the deadly coronavirus in Kuwait after they arrived from the Iranian city of Mashhad, according to the state news agency KUNA.

One of the people infected with the virus is a Kuwaiti citizen, another is a Saudi Arabian citizen, and the third is of an undisclosed origin.

“The first case is a 53-year-old Kuwaiti citizen, the second is a 61-year-old Saudi Arabian citizen. The condition of the two is normal and they are not showing symptoms of the virus,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

“However, the third case is a 21-year-old of an undisclosed nationality, who has started to show symptoms of the virus.”

Iraq, which on Monday also reported its first case of the virus, has shut its Safwan border crossing with Kuwait to travellers and trade amid fears over the spread of coronavirus.

Four more people have died of coronavirus in Iran, a spokesman for parliament said on Monday, bringing to 12 the country’s overall death toll from the outbreak.

“The minister of health announced the deaths of 12 people and 47 cases of infection in the country,” Assadollah Abbassi was quoted as saying by news agency ISNA after a closed session of parliament.

Afghanistan on Monday also confirmed its first confirmed case of coronavirus, the country’s health minister said.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced Monday that the coronavirus remained an international emergency.

A WHO spokesman said it had declared the novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China in December a public health emergency of International concern, known as a PHEIC, on Jan. 30.