COVID-19 pandemic in Somalia

COVID-19 pandemic in Somalia
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Arrival date16 March 2020
(1 year, 10 months and 2 days)
Confirmed cases24,261[1] (updated 18 January 2022)
1,335[1] (updated 18 January 2022)
Government website

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached Somalia on 16 March 2020 when the first case was confirmed in Mogadishu.[2] The Somali Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Khaire announced that the government has set aside five million dollars to deal with the disease. The Somali Medical Association is concerned that the death toll in the country will be huge and that Somalia will not be able to recover from the economic effects due to poor working relations between central government and federal states which leads to lack of control by central government, as well and the lack of healthcare infrastructure.[3] It has also been speculated that President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed may use the pandemic as an excuse to postpone elections.[4] There have also been concerns over freedom of the press following arrests and intimidation of journalists who have been covering the pandemic in Somalia.[5]

  1. ^ a b Ritchie, Hannah; Mathieu, Edouard; Rodés-Guirao, Lucas; Appel, Cameron; Giattino, Charlie; Ortiz-Ospina, Esteban; Hasell, Joe; Macdonald, Bobbie; Beltekian, Diana; Dattani, Saloni; Roser, Max (2020–2021). "Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19)". Our World in Data. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  2. ^ Cite error: The named reference Somalia Confirms First Case VOA was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  3. ^ "Coronavirus pandemic: Experts say Somalia risk greater than China". Al Jazeera News. 19 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Law on Farmajo's side should he delay elections". The East African. 11 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Somali Journalists Arrested, Intimidated While Covering COVID-19". Vpoce of Africa. 18 April 2020.

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