March 16, 2020 / 3:58 PM / 23 days ago

Sudan closes airports and borders over coronavirus fears

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan’s ruling sovereign council closed all airports, ports and land crossings and declared a public health emergency on Monday over fears about the spread of coronavirus.

Only humanitarian, commercial and technical support shipments would be excluded from the restrictions, according to a spokesman for the ruling council, in charge of the country since the ouster of veteran ruler Omar al-Bashir.

A military spokesman told state news agency SUNA in a separate statement that cadets and trainees at military institutes would be given leave as a precaution.

Reporting by Samar Hassan, Khalid Abdelaziz and Nadine Awadalla, Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Nick Tattersall

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