Qatar lifts travel ban on citizens of Iran and Iraq

Qatar drops coronavirus restrictions just before World Cup

Doha, QATAR | Tue, 19 Feb 2020 13:09 (IST)

“As per our agreement that was reached after the World Cup – we will work together to ensure that all aspects of the World Cup are safe for participants and spectators”

The ban on public gatherings has been lifted in Qatar amid fears that the Middle East nation could face a coronavirus outbreak during the FIFA World Cup later this year and the Qatar 2022 football tournament.

“As per our agreement that was reached after the World Cup – we will work together to ensure that all aspects of the World Cup are safe for participants and spectators,” Qatari Football Association president Mohamed Bin Hammam was quoted by media outlet Gulf News as saying.

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“All citizens of Qatar will have full access through social media to the information they need to be prepared and informed,” the official added.

The decision to lift the public gatherings ban was taken just a day before the opening of World Cup Group B matches in the Qatar National Stadium on February 19.

“We are making sure that the preparations for World Cup are safe for all the contestants,” Bin Hammam said.

Earlier on Monday, FIFA said it is closely following the situation in Qatar as it continues to monitor the situation.

Meanwhile, authorities in Kuwait on Wednesday have also banned all entry of citizens of Iran and Iraq from the Kuwaiti capital, Kuwaiti media said. The ban comes in response to the spreading of coronavirus in Iran and Iraq.

Kuwaiti health ministry said a total number of 6,318 people have been infected and 1,873 have died in Iran and Iraq in the last 10 days.

“We are making people aware that entering the country by land or sea will not be able to be done at this time,” Kuwaiti health ministry said.

Fifa in a statement said it is closely following the situation in Qatar, Kuwait’s neighbour to the south.

“All citizens of Qatar will have the access to complete information through social media,” Bin Hammam said.

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