By Abdiaziz Loyal – Mogadishu, Somalia, Saturday, April 4, 2020.
The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing is ravaging the world like a plague.
Djibouti is among those countries where the number of Coronavirus cases has risen to 50 in just two days. Djibouti’s Health Minister said in a Thursday briefing to the media that the cases were at 32.
The Minister said that most of the cases are foreigners operating in the country for different tasks, while citizens who got the Virus are at 10. He added that the foreigners are Americans, Chinese, and Nigerians. This revelation has been described as unique.
“On Tuesday, we got the results of 195 tests. Five came back positive,” said Salah Banoita Tourab, Djiboutian Health Minister, in a press statement. “Since the beginning of the pandemic we have conducted 815 tests, out of which 30 have tested positive for COVID-19,” said the Minister.
Tourab said all of the infected people are in stable condition, with the horn of African country boosting measures to stop the spread of the pandemic within its territory. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Africa Director urged on Thursday African countries to tighten up measures against the spread of Coronavirus.
“It is a combination of approaches. It means the rigorous, meticulous application of public health measures. It is governments working with partners to provide what is needed for people, including mitigating more restrictive measures,” Matshidiso Moeti told a joint media briefing with representatives of the WHO and World Economic Forum.