Somalia mulls to impose another lockdown over the surge of Covid-19 cases

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Somalia’s health minister, Fowzia Abikar, said on Monday that she has proposed to the central government to enforce another lockdown across the country in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19 cases.

The minister has said that the first outbreak of the pandemic was handled thanks to the lockdown and shutdown of all schools and universities.

She said that she submitted and advised these same restrictions and measures.

Ms. Fowzia urged that since the country is in a dire situation that Somalis must adhere to health protocols to contain the spread of the disease.

She has also appealed parents to stop sending their children to school.

Somalia barred all int’l and local flights last year once it recorded its first cases of the pandemic.

It also closed all learning institutions to put in place stringent measures against curbing the Coronavirus.

The government said that the second wave of the virus is spreading fast across the country and immediate precautions needed to put in place.

The country recorded 266 new cases Friday out of a sample of 1807. Somalia is part of the COVAX programme and is expected to receive the COVID19 vaccines soon.

The Federal Government said last month it had secured the vaccines targeting the first two million people among them front line workers, the elderly and the vulnerable