African countries are increasing efforts to avert the spread of the new coronavirus and some have suspended flights to China, where the virus has killed over 200 people.

The measures came after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Thursday the coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern.

They were also spurred by Botswana’s announcement on Friday that it registered a suspected coronavirus case.

Botswana government said the first-ever suspected coronavirus case in the country was reported on Thursday at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in the capital, Gaborone.

It said the suspected carrier travelled from China on

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