Somalia confirms 4 new cases of COVID-19

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 10:48 |
A Somali man is seen wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against COVID-19, in Mogadishu, capital of Somalia, April 13, 2020. (Xinhua/Hassan Bashi)


Somalia's Ministry of Health on Sunday confirmed four new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of those infected to 25.

The Ministry of Health said the latest cases are all Somalis with no travel history.

The ministry said one patient succumbed to the deadly virus, bringing the total number of those who have so far died of COVID-19 to two.

"The Ministry of Health confirms four more cases of coronavirus, totaling 25 and two deaths and one recovery," said the ministry in a statement.

The regional state minister of Justice for HirShabelle State Khalif Mumin died of COVID-19 in Mogadishu barely a week after he was transferred from Jowhar town.

The regional minister becomes the second patient to die of the disease in Somalia after a 58-year-old man died on April 8.

The government has also imposed night-time curfew on Mogadishu from April 15 as part of measures to prevent the spreads of the deadly virus.

The night-time curfew will be in place from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. to help limit public gathering as part of efforts to control the spread of COVID-19.

Somalia has also instituted measures to contain the possible spread of COVID-19 including closing schools, banning large gatherings and suspending international and domestic passenger flights. (Xinhua)

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