Somalia has recorded the first death from COVID-19 as the country confirms four more cases pushing the number of infected patients to 12.
Minister of Health Fawziya Abikar confirmed the death adding that four more cases were confirmed Wednesday.
According to the Ministry of Information spokesman Ismail Mukhtar, the victim was the 58-year-old man who was announced Tuesday as having tested positive for the virus. The case was the first local transmission as he did not have any travel history.
Dr. Abikar said some Ministry of Health staff have been put on quarantine after it emerged two of the cases recorded today are staff in the Ministry.
The number of COVID-19 in Somalia now rise to 12 amid worries there could be more cases since the first victim to die was picked from the population and had not travelled outside the country.
Dr. Abikar announced today the country had acquired two testing machines to enable the local testing. Prior to the acquisition of the machines, samples from Somalia had to be transported to Kenya.