Emirates to cancel all commercial flights

Emirates Airlines has announced it will suspend all passenger flights amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The Dubai carrier today said it had made the decision amid an 'unprecedented crisis situation.' The airline will temporarily suspend all passenger flights by 25 March. The Dubai-based, government-owned airline is built on linking the East to the West.

The airline wrote on Twitter: 'Today we made the decision to temporarily suspend all passenger flights by 25 March 2020.'

CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, said: 'The world has literally gone into quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

'This is an unprecedented crisis situation in terms of breadth and scale: geographically, as well as from a health, social, and economic standpoint.'

On Friday, the United Arab Emirates announced the first two deaths from COVID-19 in the country.