Somalia’s COVID-19 cases rise to 1,731

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Photo taken on March 24, 2020 shows a seaside road amid curfew in Dakar, Senegal. Monday night, during his speech to the Nation, Senegalese President Macky Sall declared a state of emergency from midnight Monday across the national territory, along with a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day. Senegalese Ministry of Health and Social Action confirmed on Tuesday that seven new cases of COVID-19 infection have been detected across Senegal, bringing the total number to 86 cases. (Xinhua/Xing Jianqiao)
Photo taken on March 24, 2020 shows a seaside road amid curfew in Dakar, Senegal. Monday night, during his speech to the Nation, Senegalese President Macky Sall declared a state of emergency from midnight Monday across the national territory, along with a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day. Senegalese Ministry of Health and Social Action confirmed on Tuesday that seven new cases of COVID-19 infection have been detected across Senegal, bringing the total number to 86 cases. (Xinhua/Xing Jianqiao)

The Somali Health Ministry said Wednesday that the country’s COVID-19 cases have risen to 1,731.

Health Minister Fawziya Abikar said the total number of fatalities since the pandemic was reported in the country remains at 67.

COVID-19 cases have been surging at a time when Somalia is struggling to contain floods that have affected nearly a million people and desert locusts that are devouring crops and pasture.

The Horn of African nation has instituted measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, including closing schools, banning large gatherings and suspending international and domestic passenger flights. Enditem

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