By Abdiaziz Loyal – Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
A Somali-British who’s Justice Minister of the country’s autonomous Hirshabelle State has died from COVID-19, Ali Gudlawe Hussein, Vice President of Hirshabelle, confirmed.
Khalif Mumin Tohow died, Sunday, April 12, 2020, in Martini hospital in the country’s capital Mogadishu. Reports say he had traveled to the UK in February.
The Minister tested positive for the virus in the town of Jowhar, the administrative capital of Hirshabelle, a day before his demise, sources say. Somalia now has 60 confirmed cases with two deaths, according to its Health Ministry.
Police Commander, General Abdi Hassan Mohamed (Hajar) announced new measures by the Somali government to enhance strategies to contain the virus.
He announced a curfew that affects all businesses, public, and transport movement except health centers and places offering essential food services.
“Considering the urgency to minimize the spread of the disease within the community, the federal government of Somalia announces that a dusk-to-dawn curfew (8 pm-5 am) would be enforced to Mogadishu from the evening April 15, 2020, until further notice”, the commander said.
Somalia is the third most affected country in the Horn of Africa with 60 confirmed cases with two deaths. Eritrea has 34 confirmed cases with zero death, making it the least affected in the area.
Ethiopia with 74 and three deaths stands at second while Djibouti tops with 298 and two deaths. 210 countries are affected by COVID-19, with total confirmed cases at 1,925,553 and 119,718 deaths.