Three new cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Kuwait, bringing the total number to 72, according to the country’s Health Ministry.

Abdullah al-Sanad, a ministry spokesperson, said one individual recently returned from Iran, while two others came in contact with an infected person who arrived in Kuwait from Azerbaijan.

Only five of Kuwait’s 72 patients are in intensive care, four of whom are in stable condition, he added.

On Monday, the Kuwaiti government announced a series of measures to curb the outbreak.

They included closing down academic institutions for two more weeks and suspending all sports activities until further

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