Shrine of 8th Shiite Imam in the northwest city of Mashhad. (MEHR)

February 22, 2020

Kuwait Airways announced on Saturday that several special flights to the Iranian city of Mashhad will operate in order to evacuate more than 700 people today.

The airline suspended all flights to Iran on Thursday but said it would operate evacuation flights as and when the need arises.

Authorities in Iran on Saturday announced the detection of at least 10 new cases of coronavirus and two more deaths, deepening a sense of public unease over the handling of the spread of the disease.

The latest cases appeared to bring the number of cases in Iran to 29 and the number of deaths to six.

News of the latest cases and deaths came from Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur and the governor of Markazi province in central Iran, cited by state TV.

The Health Ministry earlier on Saturday noted a total number of 28 cases and five deaths and the governor announced a death in Markazi province later in the day.

Most of the cases, including eight of the new infections, have been in Qom, a Shi’ite Muslim holy city 120 km (75 miles) south of the capital Tehran.

Reuters/ Arab News

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