Iraq flies hundreds stranded abroad home amid coronavirus crisis

Iraq flies hundreds stranded abroad home amid coronavirus crisis
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Updated 01 April 2020

Iraq flies hundreds stranded abroad home amid coronavirus crisis

Iraq flies hundreds stranded abroad home amid coronavirus crisis
  • Iraq flew nationals from UAE, Egypt, Belarus and Lebanon
  • Countries have closed down travel to curb the spread of COVID-19

DUBAI: Iraq has flown hundreds of its citizens home who were stranded abroad because of travel regulations imposed amid the spread of COVID-19.
The Iraqi Embassy in UAE coordinated with local authorities to fly out 276 nationals on Iraqi Airways.

Meanwhile, the airline repatriated 212 citizens from Egypt.

Iraq also flew out 115 nationals from Belarus, and 261 citizens from Lebanon.

As the numbers of COVID-19 patients have been growing worldwide, countries have been implementing regulations which limit travel abroad.
UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and several other countries have suspended international flights.
The current number of cases worldwide has surpassed 800,000, with over 42,000 deaths and more that 178,000 recoveries.