Kuwait bans cruise ships from coronavirus-infected countries

A child use protective mask as he plays with a water gun as he celebrates the country's national day and liberation day in Kuwait city, Kuwait, 25 February 2020. Kuwait health ministry said that three more nationals had been infected with the coronavirus, all of them had recently returned from Iran, bringing the total number of infected to nine. EPA-EFE/NOUFAL IBRAHIM

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Kuwait has barred foreign ships, except those carrying oil, from departing to or arriving from several countries to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, according to a notice seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The notice, dated February 25, has banned ships from and to South Korea, Italy, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, China, Hong Kong and Iraq.

Oil sector ships are excluded from the ban, the authorities said in a separate notice dated Feb. 25 and seen by Reuters.

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