Somalia confirms first COVID-19 case, suspends all international flights

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Somalia’s government on Monday announced the suspension of all international flights for 15 days starting on Wednesday over fears of the spread of the novel coronavirus as the country confirmed the first case.

Fawziya Abikar Nur, the Health Minister of Somalia said the patient, a Somali citizen who returned from one of the countries affected by COVID-19, had arrived in Somalia last week and tested positive for the deadly virus after being isolated for almost a week.

The minister said the victim is among the four suspect cases who had arrived in the country and being quarantined since last week.

Minutes after the confirmation of the first case of COVID-19, Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry of Somalia announced a two-week ban on international flights from March 18. Humanitarian and emergency cases will be exceptional.

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