Somali government reiterates its call for social distancing to curb COVID19

Somali government has reiterated its call on the public to practice social distancing amid outbreak of Coronavirus in the Horn of Africa nation.

Addressing the nation, Somali prime minister Hassan Ali Kheire said it is high time for the government and the people to join hands in combatting the virus.

“With the World Health Organization (@WHO) declaring the new coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, stating that it was “deeply concerned by the alarming levels of spread & severity” of the outbreak,” he said.

PM said his government reiterated its commitment to combatting COVID19 by employing all possible means to safeguard the health of its population.

“It also calls on the public to adopt the necessary measures to protect themselves from getting the disease,” he said. “As a result of the current global health crisis, we should accept that we are in trying times, hence the need to intensify the necessary preventative measures to contain the spread of #COVIDー19 and save lives.”

Somali Civil Aviation Authority last week extended the ban on international flights indefinitely and also grounded local flights except for humanitarian ones as the country seeks to counter the spread of coronavirus.

Somalia has since recorded five cases of COVID-19 with three cases reported in Mogadishu and two others in the break-away region of Somaliland.

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