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Photo taken on Feb. 4, 2020 shows a cloud of locusts flying in Mwingi North, Kenya. A number of East African countries are suffering serious locust infestation, with Kenya experiencing its worst in 70 years, which, if left unchecked, could grow 500 times in scale by June, a UN spokesman said Friday. Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN secretary-general, said besides Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia are undergoing their worst locust infestation in 25 years, and that Djibouti, Eritrea, Uganda and Tanzania are also experiencing swarm activity and locust breeding, while the risk of spread to South Sudan is high. (Xinhua/Fred Mutune)

UN says desert locusts pose threat to food production in Somalia

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The desert locusts' infestation in Somalia has reached a dangerous stage, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warned. ...
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Africa’s anti-COVID-19 war hampered by misinformation, stigma

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The war against COVID-19 in Africa is being derailed by widespread misinformation and stigma targeting victims and their families, Save the Children, an international...
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At least 10 killed in Somalia roadside blast

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Death toll from the roadside blast in Somalia has risen to 10 while six others were injured after a roadside blast struck a commuter...
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)

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

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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...
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AU lauds progress in Somalia stabilization efforts

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The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) joined the rest of the continent in marking Africa Day on Monday by lauding the progress made...
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Health supplies airlifted to flood-affected Somalia

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The EU said it has airlifted critical life-saving supplies donated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to flood-affected areas in Somalia. The...
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5 killed, 15 injured in Somalia roadside blast

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At least five people were killed and 15 others injured on Sunday in a roadside blast in Baidoa town in southwest Somalia. A police officer,...
Family members of a person that died of COVID-19 converse with health workers during a burial ceremony, on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, May 8, 2020. Somali health ministry on Sunday confirmed 57 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total infections to 1,054. Fawziya Abikar, health minister said three people succumbed to the deadly respiratory disease, raising the death toll to 51. (Xinhua/Hassan Bashi)

Somalia launches information service for COVID-19

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Somalia's health ministry on Friday launched an information service on COVID-19 which will enable people to get answers to the most common questions on...
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Somalia to auction 7 oil blocks in August

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Somalia said it will launch its offshore licensing rounds in August, offering seven of its offshore oil blocks as Mogadishu seeks to exploit its...
Family members of a person that died of COVID-19 converse with health workers during a burial ceremony, on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, May 8, 2020. Somali health ministry on Sunday confirmed 57 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total infections to 1,054. Fawziya Abikar, health minister said three people succumbed to the deadly respiratory disease, raising the death toll to 51. (Xinhua/Hassan Bashi)

Somalia confirms 81 new COVID-19 cases as tally hits 1,170

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Somali health ministry on Tuesday confirmed 81 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total tally of infections to 1,170. Fawziya Abikar, the...
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AU reiterates commitment to smooth transition in Somalia

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The African Union (AU) has urged continued support to Somalia to guard the hard-won achievements in the Horn of African nation. This...
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Humanitarian situation may worsen in Somalia as COVID-19 spreads

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The UN refugee agency said on Friday it believes the humanitarian situation will worsen as COVID-19 further spreads in Somalia. The UNHCR said heavy flooding,...
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AU institutes intervention measures to contain COVID-19 in Somalia

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The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said it has put in place solid interventions and preventative measures to contain COVID-19 while concentrating on...
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Somalia, UNHCR airlift supplies to 8,100 flood victims in Somalia

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Somalia and the UN refugee agency have airlifted vital humanitarian assistance to some 8,100 flood victims in three regional states in the past week. The...
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Somalia’s COVID-19 cases rise to 756 as 34 more test positive

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Somali health ministry on Monday confirmed 34 new cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections to 756. Fawziya Abikar,...
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Uganda military to curb COVID-19 spread among troops in Somalia, Equatorial Guinea

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The Ugandan military on Sunday said it has issued measure to stop the spread of COVID-19 among its troops in Somalia and Equatorial Guinea...
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Uganda suspends rotation of troops to Somalia, Equatorial Guinea over COVID-19

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The Ugandan military has immediately suspended the rotation of its peacekeeping troops to Somalia and capacity building in Equatorial Guinea over COVID-19 pandemic, a...
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UN says inadequate testing capacity slows COVID-19 response in Somalia

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The United Nations humanitarian agency said on Monday that inadequate funding, a dearth of skilled health workers, and limited testing capacity are hampering progress...
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Somalia confirms 46 new COVID-19 cases as tally rises to 436

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Somali health ministry on Sunday confirmed 46 new cases of coronavirus, raising the total number of those who have tested positive to 436. ...
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UN launches plan to combat COVID-19 in Somalia

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The UN and its partners have launched a plan, seeking 501 million U.S. dollars to address the immediate humanitarian impact and socio-economic consequences of...
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Somalia confirms arrest of journalist over al-Shabab links

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Somali government on Wednesday confirmed the arrest of a journalist over possible links with the al-Shabab group. The ministry of information said...
A scinetist is doing research on a vaccine against COVID-19 in Shanghai. Photo:Yang Hui/Global Times

Somalia confirms 42 new COVID-19 cases

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Somali health ministry on Thursday confirmed 42 new cases of COVID-19, raising the national tally to 328. Fawziya Abikar, the health minister...
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Somalia confirms arrest of journalist over al-Shabab links

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Somali government on Wednesday confirmed the arrest of a journalist over possible links with the al-Shabab group. The ministry of information said in a statement...
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Number of COVID-19 cases in Somalia rises to 164

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Somali health ministry on Sunday confirmed 29 new cases of COVID-19, raising the national tally to 164. Health Minister Fawziya Abikar said...
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UN ramps up efforts to curb spread of desert locust in Somalia

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said on Monday it has enhanced cooperation with Somalia to curb the spread...

Somalia confirms 73 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 237

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Somali Health Ministry said on Monday night that the country registered 73 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, raising the national...

Number of COVID-19 cases in Somalia rises to 116

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Somalia's health ministry on Friday confirmed 36 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infected persons to 116. The ministry said 36 cases...

Somalia confirms 20 new cases of COVID-19, caseload rises to 80

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Somalia's Ministry of Health on Wednesday confirmed 20 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of the infected to 80. The...
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Somalia confirms 4 new cases as total number rises to 25

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Somalia's Ministry of Health on Sunday confirmed four new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of those infected to 25. The...
A researcher of CapitalBio Corporation shows a virus nucleic acid detection kit for six respiratory pathogens on March 10. Six respiratory pathogens, including the COVID-19, can be detected simultaneously within one and a half hours, requiring samples of only respiratory droplets. (Photo by Jiang Wenjie, People’s Daily Online)

Somalia and UN launch plan to scale up COVID-19 response

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Somalia and the UN agencies have consolidated the humanitarian components of the integrated Country Preparedness and Response Plan (CPRP) to address the humanitarian consequences...