South African Airways (SAA) announced Friday it would suspend international flights until May 31 in response to government travel restrictions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

“In support of efforts by government to deal with this pandemic, and in the best interests of our crew, passengers and the public, we have decided to suspend all international flights until 31 May 2020,” SAA Acting CEO, Zuks Ramasia said in a statement.

Ramasia said everyone, not just the government, must act to curb the spread of the virus.

He underlined that plane crews would be at risk had the

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