Muqdisho(Baraaruhnews.net)-The number of COVID-19 cases in Somalia has risen to 21 after nine more cases were announced Friday.
Health Minister Fawziya Abikar said in a statement Friday nine cases had been confirmed noting all cases were instance of local transmission.
The minister said six of the confirmed patients had contacts with people who had already tested positive for the disease. Two of the cases are ministry of health staff.
The Minister said Wednesday several staff members had been put on quarantine after two staffers tested positive.
The announcement Friday comes amid concerns the virus may have spread undetected in the country as most of the cases reported are those of local transmission. A 58-year-old man died Wednesday after contracting COVID-19.
Prior to his hospitalization at the COVID-19 designated centre at Martini hospital, the man had been to at least two other hospitals according to medical sources.
Among the cases now confirmed include HirShabelle state minister Khalif Mumin Tohow. The minister had been sick in a hotel in Jowhar for ten days before he was transferred to Mogadishu.