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Somalia suspends passport application services in fight against COVID-19

Somalia has halted issuance of passports in its latest measures to curb the spread of the deadly COVID-19 cases after the country recorded its seventh case Friday.

Somalia has halted issuance of passports in its latest measures to curb the spread of the deadly COVID-19 cases after the country recorded its seventh case Friday.

The Immigration Department said in a statement Tuesday the suspension which takes effect today will be in force ‘until further notice.

“The passport application process has been suspended until further notice,” the Department said. “The department will announce when normal services will resume.”

The latest move adds to increasing number of measures taken by the government in the fight against spread of coronavirus which causes the deadly COVID-19 disease.

So far seven cases of COVID-19 have been registered in the country. International and local flights have since been suspended indefinitely while learning institutions have been closed countrywide.

The medical association in the country warned Monday the number of cases in the country could be higher owing to low testing.

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