Kuwait, Oman to close borders over new COVID strain

Kuwait and Oman announced on Monday closing their borders and suspending commercial flights over fears about a new coronavirus strain, the Gulf Arab states said.

Kuwait will suspend all commercial flights and close its land and sea borders from 11 p.m. on Monday until Jan. 1, the government communications office said. Cargo operations will continue, it added.

In Oman, land, air and sea borders will be shut for one week starting Tuesday, state television reported.

Several countries have cut travel ties with Britain after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a highly infectious new strain of the virus was a danger to the country.