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The United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced Tuesday the suspension of all flights to and from Iran, the official WAM news agency reported.

“All passenger and cargo aircraft traveling to and from Iran will be suspended for a period of one week, and could be up for extension,” the authority said, adding “the decision is a precautionary measure undertaken by the UAE to ensure strict monitoring and prevention of the spread of the new coronavirus.”

Earlier in the day, Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education announced that the COVID-19 outbreak in Iran has affected 95 people.

The UAE was the first among the Gulf countries to report COVID-19 cases. According to the country’s Ministry of Health and Prevention, 13 patients tested positive for COVID-19, and three of them have recovered. Enditem

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