Somali health ministry on Tuesday confirmed 66 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections to 2,089.

Fawziya Abikar, the health minister said the majority of the cases were recorded in Banadir which has 33 cases, Somaliland with 26 and Puntland has seven.

Abikar said 19 patients recovered from the respiratory disease, bringing the total number of people who have been discharged from hospitals to 390.

The minister said no death was recorded in the last 24 hours as the total number of fatalities remains at 79.

She said 42 of the latest cases are male while 24 others are female.


The COVID-19 cases have surged at a time that Somalia is struggling to contain floods that have affected nearly a million people and desert locusts that are devouring crops and pasture in Somaliland, Puntland and Galmudug; creating a triple threat.

UN agencies and partners operating Somalia say they have scaled up support to the government and member states to detect, prevent and interrupt COVID-19 transmission.

The Horn of African nation has instituted measures to contain the possible spread of COVID-19 including closing schools, banning large gatherings and suspending international and domestic passenger flights.

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