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Somalia suspends passport application services in fight against COVID-19

MOGADISHU (SD) – Somalia has halted issuance of passports in its latest measures to curb the spread of the deadly COVID-19 cases after the country recorded 6,444 cases Tuesday.

The Immigration Department said in a statement Wednesday the suspension which takes effect on 27th February will be in force until further notice.

“The passport application process has been suspended until further notice,” the Department said. “The department will announce when normal services will resume.”

The latest move adds to the increasing number of measures taken by the government in the fight against the spread of the deadly COVID-19 disease.

In the last 24 hours, Somalia confirmed 198 new positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 6,444.

3 more people were reported to have recovered from the disease, hence the total number of recoveries is now at 3,781. Unfortunately,

The country also lost seven people who have succumbed to the disease, making the total number of fatalities 215.

Somalia has not yet inoculated its national but is set to receive 1.2 million doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine this February, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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