Somali Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdirizak is positive of Covid-19

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Somalia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed Abdirizak Mohamud has announced that he has been quarantined in Burundi for eight days after being diagnosed with Coronavirus. Speaking to state television, Minister Mohamed Abdirizak said the disease had spread to Somalia, from Mogadishu to Burundi.

“Covid-19 has spread so much in Somalia that I am now in Burundi attending a conference. I am in quarantine on the 8th because I picked up Corona in Mogadishu, and no one has attended a conference and I am confined to a place. I am undergoing treatment,” said the Somali foreign minister.

The minister reiterated that the disease has spread widely in the country, and that he knows many people who have died and those who are currently suffering. Seemingly seizing the opportunity, he said it was impossible to hold demonstrations or other gatherings in Mogadishu now.

“It does not make sense to call for demonstrations. All cabinet meetings and gatherings have now been canceled. The most important meeting that is not attended by so many people is the heads of the federal and state governments, so to protect them. For the safety of the people, the government has a responsibility to be vigilant against rallies,” said Minister Mohamed Abdirizak.