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Somalia records 191 new coronavirus cases

MOGADISHU (SD) – Somalia has announced 191 new cases of the Coronavrus during the last 24 hours. This takes the national COVID-19 tally to 8,041.

Minister for Health and Social Care Fowziya Abikar Nur on Saturday announced in her daily briefing that 141 of the cases were recorded in Banadir region (Mogadishu and its environs) and 31 were registered in the breakaway region of Somaliland.

She also submitted that the country has recorded 20 deaths, taking the death toll from the pandemic to 294.

Thirty one more people have recovered from the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 3,932.

The latest announcement comes amid the country is struggling with resurgence of the virus as Somalia yet to begin innoculating its people.

The first consignment of 1.2 million doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine from the World Health Organization (WHO) is expected to reach the country soon.

This week, WHO donated 200 oxygen cylinders and 50 oxygen regulators to Somalia to help the Horn of Africa country face the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

In a statement, Indian foreign ministry on Saturday confirmed that Somalia will soon received Made in India COVID-19 vaccines.

“Reaching across the Indian Ocean. Made in India vaccines arriving in Somalia,” Indian foreign Minister for Foreign Affairs, S Jaishankar said through his Twitter account.

It is not yet clear whether the vaccines from India are for donation as Somali government has not commented on the issue.

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