MOGADISHU, June 13 -- Somali Health Ministry on Saturday reported 66 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 2,579.

Fawziya Abikar, Somali Health Minister said the majority of the cases were recorded in the self-declared region of Somaliland 46, Puntland 12 and Banadir five, Southwest has two cases while Jubaland has one case.

The minister said 27 patients were discharged from health facilities in the last 48 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 559.

The minister said two patients succumbed to respiratory disease as the total number of fatalities remains at 87.

The World Health Organization said on Friday it plans to roll out the early warning, alert and response network to an additional 230 health centers from the current existing 533 reporting sites.

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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