By Abdiaziz Loyal – Mogadishu, Somalia, Friday, March 20, 2020.
Somalia confirmed its first case of coronavirus in the country after one person who had been in quarantine tested positive for the disease, its health minister said on Monday.
“After quarantine and testing of four Somalis who came from China last week, we certify that one of them proved coronavirus positive. The ministry is working on controlling the disease,” Fawziya Abikar Nur, the Health Minister said on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Somalia’s aviation ministry bans all international flights from March 18 in a drive against the spread of the global corona.
Also, the Somali government has announced Wednesday the closure of schools, universities, and a ban on large gatherings and events for two weeks effective March 18.
Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire who made the announcement said the Government allocated $5m in combatting the COVID-19.
The Federal government is working on preparing quarantine sites to treat suspected cases of Coronavirus (COVID19) and has set Martini Hospital to check and treat suspected coronavirus cases.
However, Mr. Kheyre discussed with traders about the impact of the Coronavirus on commerce in the country and ways to take the necessary measures to deal with this situation.
He urged the nation to unite to combat the virus and to follow up on all necessary health instructions in order to prevent the spread of the virus.