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Kuwait resumes flights with nine African countries

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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 17: The Kuwaiti cabinet on Monday agreed on resuming commercial flights with nine African countries after a hiatus over the emergence of the coronavirus Omicron variant. In a statement following the cabinet regular meeting today, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Foreign Minister Dr. Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah said the government has instructed relevant state bodies to resume commercial flights with South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zambia, and Malawi. The cabinet stressed that all relevant preventive measures set by the coronavirus emergency committee have to be strictly observed, the minister added.

On November 28, Kuwait suspended flights to the nine African countries, where the Omicron variant were detected. Dr. Sheikh Ahmad Nasser revealed that the government has ease quarantine measures to vaccinated arrivals to Kuwait. As of Tuesday, January 18, immunized arrivals could avoid the seven-day quarantine if they conducted a PCR test upon entering the country and the result was negative, the minister said. The cabinet also urged citizens and residents to abide by all coronavirus preventive measures and not to hesitate to take the booster dose of the vaccine to help stop the spread of the virus.

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