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Somalia, Tanzania confirm first coronavirus cases

Somalia suspends all international flights for 15 days starting from Wednesday, aviation minister says

16.03.2020
Somalia, Tanzania confirm first coronavirus cases

ANKARA

Tanzania and Somalia on Monday confirmed their first cases of the coronavirus.

Tanzania’s Health Minister called on citizen to remain calm, as a 46-year-old woman in the country tested positive for the virus, according to the Citizen, a local news website.

Quoting Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu, the website said the woman had left Tanzania for Belgium on March 3 and she also visited Sweden and Denmark between March 3-13 before returning to Belgium and then to Tanzania.

Meanwhile, Somalia’s Health Ministry also announced the country’s first case of the coronavirus.

“The #Government confirms a #Coronavirus disease case in the country. The case, which is confirmed today is the first one […] The patient is Somali citizen who travelled back to the country returning from #China,” the ministry said on Twitter Monday.

Also, Somalia has suspended all international flights for 15 days starting from Wednesday, Aviation Minister Abdullahi Salad Omaar announced on Monday.

* Mohammed Dhaysane contributed to this story from Mogadishu, Somalia


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