Somalia confirms 21 new COVID-19 cases as total hits 1,594

MOGADISHU, May 22 — Somali Health Ministry on Thursday confirmed 21 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total tally of infections to 1,594.

Fawziya Abikar, the Health Minister said the new patients are from Banadir which was the most affected region with 19 cases and the semi-autonomous region of Puntland which has two following samples tested in the last 24 hours.

Abikar said 16 people recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of people who have been discharged from hospitals to 204.

The minister said no patient succumbed to the deadly respiratory disease and the total number of deaths since the pandemic was reported in the country remains at 61.

She said 14 of the latest cases are male while seven others are female amid concern from the UN that the cases are largely due to community transmission.

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