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Kuwait won’t extend suspension of flights, will open borders – cabinet…

FILE PHOTO: Police and civil aviation personnel wearing protective face masks work at the Kuwait Airport as the repatriation process of Kuwait citizens continues, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Kuwait City, Kuwait April 21, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie McGehee

Reuters . Mon, December 28, 2020, 6:34 PM GMT+1
CAIRO (Reuters) – Kuwait will not extend its decision to suspend flights beyond Jan. 1 and will open its land and sea borders the next day, the cabinet said in a statement on Monday.

Last week, Kuwait had suspended all commercial flights and closed its land and sea borders until Jan. 1, the government communications office said, over fears about a new, more contagious coronavirus variant.

After a cabinet meeting on Monday, in which the health minister confirmed that no new variants of coronavirus have been discovered in Kuwait until this date, the cabinet decided it will not extend the suspension of flights or keep its borders closed.

The cabinet decided to open the land and sea ports daily, as of Saturday Jan. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

These decisions will be reviewed according to developments regarding the spread of coronavirus, the cabinet added.

(Reporting by Nayera Abdallah; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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