JUBA, South Sudan

South Sudan on Friday suspended direct flights with countries affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Juba halted direct flights to and from several countries including Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) to prevent the virus from entering the country with immediate effect, Health Ministry Undersecretary Makur Matur Koriom announced.

Koriom said the country remains under high risk of being affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic due to travel, trade and social linkages with countries where the virus is present as it maintains an open-border policy.

“In order to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19, the

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