Somalia's surge in Covid-19 cases raises alarm

A man wears a mask as a protective measure to curb Covid-19 while bathing at Lido beach in Mogadishu, Somalia on April 4, 2020. PHOTO | ABDIRAZAK HUSSEIN FARAH | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Authorities in Somalia were now scrambling to prevent spread beyond the capital Mogadishu.
  • Somalia, which is already buckling under the pressure of fighting Al-Shabaab, may find itself in a deeper crisis should it spread beyond the city.

Somalia’s Covid-19 cases have soared to 135, five times the number at the start of last week in what is turning out to be a frightening tally for the Horn of Africa country.

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