Kuwait has banned industrial flights to 31 international locations, together with Pakistan, thought to be ‘excessive threat’ because of the unfold of the coronavirus, the Directorate Basic of Civil Aviation stated on Saturday. The ban will stay in place till additional discover.
Other than Pakistan, the international locations embody India, Egypt, the Philippines, Lebanon and Sri Lanka, which all have giant numbers of expatriates in Kuwait. The listing additionally consists of China, Iran, Brazil, Mexico, Italy and Iraq.
The ban was introduced the identical day Kuwait started a partial resumption of economic flights. The authorities have stated Kuwait Worldwide Airport would run at about 30 per cent capability from Saturday, regularly rising in coming months.
Kuwait, which has recorded practically 67,000 coronavirus circumstances and greater than 400 deaths, started a five-phase plan at the beginning of June to regularly carry restrictions imposed to curb the unfold of the virus. A partial curfew stays in place.
In June, three UAE airways together with Emirates, Etihad and Fly Dubai had suspended flight operations to Pakistan after a number of outbound passengers examined optimistic for the novel coronavirus.
Emirates suspended its operations after 30 Pakistani passengers certain for Hong Kong examined optimistic for Covid-19, saying that the airline was “coordinating closely with the various authorities and will review and implement any required additional measures to satisfy all parties before we resume services from Pakistan”.
Quickly after Emirates’ announcement, Fly Dubai and Etihad took the identical choice and suspended operations for outbound passengers.
A number of weeks after suspension of providers, Emirates and Etihad Airways resumed flights from Pakistan for passengers who examined unfavourable for Covid-19.
No ‘zero threat’
On Thursday, the World Well being Organisation (WHO), in its long-awaited replace to its steerage on journey, stated that international locations should prioritise important journey for emergencies. Cross-border journeys for emergencies, humanitarian work, the switch of important personnel and repatriation would represent important journey, the world well being physique stated.
“There is no ‘zero risk’ when considering the potential importation or exportation of cases in the context of international travel,” it stated within the up to date steerage posted on its web site on Thursday.
The WHO’s steerage can be utilized by governments and industries to assist form insurance policies however will not be enforceable.
The up to date journey recommendation is little modified from earlier steerage, which additionally included an infection management recommendation relevant to different settings similar to social distancing, carrying masks, washing arms and avoiding touching the face.
The WHO urged every nation to conduct its personal risk-benefit evaluation earlier than lifting all or any journey restrictions. Authorities ought to have in mind native epidemiology and transmission patterns, it stated, in addition to nationwide well being and social distancing measures already in place.
Nations that select to quarantine all travellers on arrival ought to accomplish that after assessing the dangers and contemplate native circumstances, the WHO stated.
“Countries should continuously plan for and assess their surge capacities for testing, tracking, isolating and managing imported cases and quarantine of contacts,” it stated.
The WHO stated this week that worldwide journey bans can’t keep in place indefinitely, and international locations should do extra to scale back the unfold of the novel coronavirus inside their borders.