Kuwait the first country to advise its citizens not to travel to S'pore

It urged Kuwaitis in Singapore to leave as well.

Kayla Wong | February 10, 2020, 12:34 AM

Kuwait has asked its citizens to delay their travel plans to Singapore due to concerns over the coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak, Arabic international newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported.

Advised Kuwaitis not to travel to Singapore after DORSCON level raised to Orange

The Kuwaiti Embassy in Singapore reportedly made the announcement on Saturday, Feb. 8, after the Singaporean government raised the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) level to Orange on Friday, Feb. 7. 

In a statement published by Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), the embassy called on Kuwaitis planning to travel to Singapore to wait until things get back to "normal", and urged Kuwaitis in the city-state to leave immediately as well.

It also emphasised the importance of following the instructions of the Singaporean government, and avoiding crowded places such as shopping malls.

Singapore has just confirmed three more cases of the nCoV on Sunday, Feb. 9, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 43.


Six patients, on the other hand, have fully recovered from the nCoV and have been discharged from hospital.

Other than Singapore, Japan and Thailand have registered among the highest number of cases outside China.

As of Sunday evening (Feb. 9), there are 96 confirmed cases in Japan (including 70 on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama), and 32 in Thailand.

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