Kuwaiti authorities to close civilian and military schools from March 1-15 to contain the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Severity: Informational Alert

This alert began 27 Feb 2020 21:37 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: COVID-19
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: March 1-15
  • Impact: Disruptions to military and civilian educational institutions

Summary
Kuwaiti authorities announced Feb. 27 that they will close military and civilian educational institutions from March 1 for two weeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). There are currently 43 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country. All individuals infected with the disease had traveled to Iran.

Authorities could introduce new travel restrictions and measures that may disrupt business operations in the coming days.

The WHO has declared the ongoing outbreak of the virus to be a global health emergency. COVID-19 originated in China's Wuhan City, in Hubei Province, and has since spread to several countries across the globe.

Advice
Individuals affected by the restrictions should postpone planned travel. Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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