During this week, fourteen additional laboratory-conrmed cases of COVID-19 were announced bythe Ministry of Health & Human Services (MOH&HS). On 08 April, 2020, the ministry also announced the death of one 58 year old male, a Somali citizen, who was tested positive for COVID-19 on 07 April 2020. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Somalia to 21 including 1 associated death (CFR: 4.7%).
So far, six of these twenty-one laboratory-conrmed cases were travel-associated including two cases reported from Somaliland. These cases were reported from 16-24 March 2020. The remaining cases had no travel history and were reported from 25 March to 10 April signifying human-to-human transmission. Amongst these cases, six are healthcare workers.
The median age of all cases reported, so far, is 34 years (Age range-20-66 years) and except two, all are male. of the cases reported during this week, six are linked to one cluster and other four cases are linked to another cluster. All the close contacts of these two clusters have been quarantined and some of the contacts have been sampled.
A total of 42 suspected cases have been reported and investigated countrywide, during this week, including 10 in Somaliland, 5 in Puntland and 27 in Mogadishu. Of these, 20 cases, currently are in quarantine/isolation facility. The number of contacts identied so far for the 21 laboratory-conrmed cases is 357. A total of 69 samples (including repeat samples) have been collected and shipped to Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) laboratory in Nairobi for testing. Some test results are pending.