Health Ministry proposals second lockdown as COVID-19 numbers spike

Wasiirka Caafimaadka iyo Daryeelka Bulshada XF Soomaaliya, Marwo Fowsiya Abiikar Nuur

Somalia’s Minister of Health, Fawziya Abikar, said Somali government is considering second time lockdonw after her ministry warned the resurgence in COVID-19 as numbers spike.

In a statement, Abikar said she she had submitted a proposal to the government which asks the authorities to consider a second lockdown.

“The first outbreak was managed largely thanks to a lockdown and closure of all school and universities. We have again submitted and advised for these same restrictions and measures,” Dr Abikar said.

The minister urged the parents to their keep their children home, noting the situation in the country was dire.

“We have again submitted and advised for these same restrictions and measures. Regardless we advise all parents to not send their kids to school and follow the health guidelines,” she said.

According to the ministry of health, Somalia recorded eight deaths making the total death toll 239.

In the last 24 hours, 266 new cases of the virus were recorded after the ministry tested 1,807 samples across the country.

Since the pandemic onset, Somalia has not imposed a lockdown or formally shut its borders.

The country’s total number of COVID-19 cases now stands at 7,257 and recoveries at 3,808.

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