KIGALI, Rwanda 

Mali will indefinitely suspend flights from countries affected by coronavirus in a bid to control a possible outbreak of the pandemic there, the government said Tuesday. 

Exception from the suspension that begins Thursday will be given to cargo flights, according to minutes of an extraordinary meeting of the Superior Council of National Defense (CSDN) which convened in Koulouba.

The meeting focused on efforts to prevent the virus known as COVID-19, and was chaired by Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

The council noted although all suspected cases of the virus reported in Mali have tested negative, the threat remains,

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