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Somalia records second COVID-19 case

Thursday March 26, 2020

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Somalia has confirmed the second case of COVID-19 after one of the persons who was on quarantine tested positive.

Health Minister Fawziya Abikar said Thursday the second case was established Wednesday night adding the patient did not exhibit any symptoms of coronavirus such as fever, difficulty in breathing or cough.

Somalia registered the first case mid this month and instituted a raft of measures including banning all international flights and closing learning institutions.

However, there are no stringent measures on public gatherings as is the case in other COVID-19 affected countries.

It was not clear from the Minister’s statement if the patient was among those who arrived in the country this week following a two days flights easing to allow Somalis stranded travel into the country.

The Minister however indicated the affected person came from outside the country.

Somalia remains among countries with few cases of the disease as most African countries record double digit figures.

In neighbouring Kenya, the number has risen to 28 while in Ethiopia 12 cases have since been recorded.


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