Somalia’s Ministry of Health on Wednesday confirmed 20 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of the infected to 80.

The ministry also confirmed three more deaths due to the virus, bringing the death toll to five.

The ministry said in a statement that two people have so far recovered as the Horn of Africa nation announced tougher measures to contain the spread of the virus.

Somalia has announced such measures as closing schools, banning large gatherings and suspending international and domestic passenger flights.

A night curfew took effect on Wednesday in Mogadishu to help enhance measures of combating COVID-19 amid fears that the disease could spread very fast given the country’s fragile health systems. Enditem

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