Somalia confirms 70 new COVID-19 cases

"Map and flag of Somalia. Source: ""World reference atlas"""

A handout photo made available by the Greek Organisation For The Public Health shows medical personnel make detection tests for Covid -19 to refugees from Somalia and Sudan hosted at a hotel in the area of Kranidi, Peloponnese, 20 April 2020. [Handout photo/EPA/EFE]
Somalia has announced that 70 more people have tested positive for coronavirus in the country during the last 24 hours. This takes the national COVID-19 tally  to 671.

Somalia’s Minister of Health and Social Care Fowziya Abikar Nur announced in her daily briefing that 67 of the cases were recorded in Banadir region (Mogadishu and its environs) and three were registered in the breakaway region of Somaliland.

The minister also announced that the country has recorded three deaths, taking the death toll from the disease to 31.

Three more people have recovered from the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 34.

The latest announcement comes amid fears of mass spread of the virus among the population, especially in the capital, Mogadishu, with some reports indicating that there are many cases not recorded by the government.