March 11, 2020 / 3:36 PM / 21 days ago

Kuwait to halt commercial passenger flights, declare public holiday

DUBAI, March 11 (Reuters) - Kuwait will halt all commercial flights to and from the Gulf Arab state starting Friday and until further notice, with the exception of cargo flights, state news agency KUNA said on Wednesday.

Authorities also announced a public holiday in the country from March 12 to March 26, with work resuming on March 29, KUNA said, adding that entities providing vital services would remain open.

It said people were banned from going to restaurants and cafes, including those inside malls.

Reporting by Alaa Swilam; Writing by Ghaida Ghantous. Editing by Jane Merriman

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