Kuwait confirmed three more cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, taking the total infections to 12, according to the health ministry.

A ministry statement said the new cases were of people coming from Iran.

It said the reported cases are in good health and are receiving medical treatment.

On Monday, Kuwait decided to cancel national celebrations and sports competitions as part of its fight against the outbreak.

Due to the new type of coronavirus, Kuwait has evacuated around 800 citizens from Iran, where 16 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported.

The coronavirus was first detected in China in December

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