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Somalia reports over 150 new COVID-19 cases as positivity rate spikes
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Somalia reports over 150 new COVID-19 cases as positivity rate spikes

Somalia's Ministry of Health on Sunday 160 reported 1,127 new confirmed coronavirus cases pushing the nationwide total to 11,783 cases. The ministry also reported 11 COVID-19-related deaths pushing the cumulative death toll to 557. To date, the country’s COVID-19 recoveries stand at 4,967 after 63 more people recovered from the virus. according to a joint report by the government and the UN Somalia’s economy contracted by 1.5 per cent in 2020 shedding off $186 million owing to the combined effect of COVID-19. According to the report, the country also lost a growth opportunity of US$ 300 million as a result of the contraction. It noted that the ongoing assessment of the impact of COVID-19 shows that it could be worse than the 2017 drought. “Currently, it seems like the COVID-19 pandemic will have a far worse aggregate impact than the devastating 2017 drought. Previous shocks such as export bans, drought, famine, floods and insecurity affected just a few sectors and/or Federal Member States (FMSs),” the report reads in part. “COVID-19 has however affected all sectors, bringing many of them to a temporary standstill.”