Somalia records first death from coronavirus, says health minister

FILE PHOTO: A Somali policeman attempts to disperse revellers swimming in the Indian Ocean near Lido beach, as part of measures to prevent the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), in Mogadishu, Somalia April 3, 2020. REUTERS/Feisal Omar/File Photo

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia has registered its first death from coronavirus, the Horn of Africa country said on Wednesday.

“We have confirmed one person who died of Corona (virus). May Allah show him mercy,” Health Minister Fawziya Abikar Nur said in a Tweet.

He added that four new cases of the virus had been detected, bringing the number of people infected in Somalia to 12.

A statement tweeted by the health ministry later said the four newly infected people were all Somalis and that they included two health workers.

The dead patient was a 58-year-old man, the statement said. It gave no additional details about him.

Reporting by Abdi Sheikh; Writing by Elias Biryabarema, Editing by Franklin Paul, William Maclean