Kuwait has banned commercial flights to 31 high-risk countries including Pakistan and India due to the coronavirus pandemic. Directorate General of Civil Aviation announced the news, saying that the flights will remain suspended until further notice.
The list includes Pakistan, India, Egypt, the Philippines, Lebanon, and Sri Lanka, all of which have large numbers of expatriates in Kuwait. China, Iran, Brazil, Mexico, Italy, and Iraq are also included in the list.
The ban follows the resumption of commercial flights in Kuwait on Saturday. The authorities say that the Kuwait International Airport will run at 30% capacity with a gradual increase in the coming months.
So far, over 67,000 coronavirus cases and more than 400 deaths have been reported in Kuwait. The country has initiated a five-phase plan to lift coronavirus restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the virus. A partial curfew is still in place.