Somalia’s government confirmed the country’s second case of coronavirus on Thursday bringing the total number of patients to two.

Somalia’s Health Minister Fawziya Abikar said during a news conference in Mogadishu that a Somali national who has been in quarantine tested positive.

According to the minister, the patient who is asymptomatic will be kept at the centre until recovery.

“We confirmed second case which was established last night, the patient was among the nationals from outside, and did not exhibit any symptoms of coronavirus but after testing, it was confirmed that the result was positive,” she said.

The Minister did not specify if the patient was among those who arrived in the country this week following a two days flights easing to allow Somalis stranded travel into the country.

Somalia has announced measures including shutting down all learning institutions, banning international flights and large social gatherings for two weeks to help reduce the potential spread of the deadly virus.

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