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Somalia’s COVID-19 deaths inch closer to 500

Somalia’s COVID-19 deaths inch closer to 500

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country continue to rise as 325 new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 4,420.

The new infections are from Somaliland (179), Galmudug (39), Puntland (28), Benadir (28) HirShabelle (27), Jubaland (22) and Southwest State with 2 new cases.

The health Ministry also announced the total number of fatalities rose to 414 after 22 people died in the past 24 hours.

The number of COVID-19 cases has been rising in the past two months.

Somalia started Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine injection at De Martino Hospital in Mogadishu,l on Tuesday.

The exercise, targeting some 20 percent of the population saw President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo receive his COVID-19 vaccine a day after the arrival of 300,000 first batch of doses from COVAX.

The horn of the African nation early this month imposed strict measures to stem the second wave of COVID-19 in the country, banning large public gatherings for 30 days and closing schools and universities, government offices, and sports arenas for two weeks.