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Somalia #COVID-19 Cases Hit 1,284

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Medical personnel attend to a patient in Martini Hospital, the country's only medical facility dedicated to treating COVID-19 patients in Mogadishu, capital of Somalia. The number of those infected with coronavirus continues to soar in the Horn of Africa nation with most cases being recorded in Mogadishu. (Xinhua/Hassan Bashi)

Somalia’s health ministry on Thursday confirmed 65 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total tally of infections to 1,284.

The majority of the cases are being reported from Banadir region, making it the epicenter of the pandemic in the country. The cases are largely due to community transmission.

Fawziya Abikar, the health minister, said one person succumbed to the disease, bringing the total number of fatalities to 53.

She said five people recovered from COVID-19, raising the total number of people who have been discharged from hospitals to 135.

The UN said it is providing life-saving assistance to detect, prevent and interrupt the transmission of the disease, as well as ensuring access to essential health care services.

Somalia has instituted measures to contain the possible spread of COVID-19, including closing schools, banning large gatherings and suspending international and domestic passenger flights. (Xinhua)