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Burundi has renewed for the second time the suspension of international commercial flights departing or landing at Melchior Ndadaye International Airport to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In a press release issued on Friday evening, Burundian Minister of Transport Jean Bosco Ntunzwenimana said that the measure of suspending international commercial flights is “renewed for 14 days as from April 4 at 11:59 p.m. Bujumbura time.”

“The decision of extending the suspension of international commercial flights was made after assessing the situation,” said Ntunzwenimana.

The previous suspension measure was to expire on April 4 at 11:59 p.m. Bujumbura time.

The first two suspensions each lasted seven days and the first one went into force on March 21.

Only cargo flights, ambulance flights, flights with humanitarian purposes and diplomatic flights are exempted from the decision, said the release.

Three COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Burundi, Burundian Health Minister Thaddee Ndikumana said Thursday.

Ndikumana said the first two cases were reported on Tuesday and the third, who had been in contact with one of the first two patients, was admitted on Thursday to the Prince Louis Rwagasore Hospital. Enditem

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