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Somalia sending 20 doctors to help Italy fight coronavirus

Doctors from Horn of Africa nation will help fight against coronavirus in Italy

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MOGADISHU| Somalia is sending over 20 doctors to help fight coronavirus in Italy, the country where the virus has claimed the most lives.

Ismail Mukhtar Orongo, a Somali government spokesman, told Anadolu Agency over the phone on Friday that the doctors are volunteers from Somali National University in the capital Mogadishu.

“Twenty volunteer doctors from National University in Mogadishu are registered at Italy’s Embassy and will go to Italy to help the country’s fight against coronavirus,” he said.

They are being sent in response to a call by Italy’s government for help, and they are now ready and waiting for their charter flight to Italy, he added.




On Thursday, Italy’s Civil Protection reported 712 new deaths, bringing the country’s death toll from the virus to date to 8,215.

Meanwhile, Somalia on Friday confirmed the third case of coronavirus in the Horn of Africa nation.

According to the UN assistance mission in Somalia, a UN commercial contractor tested positive for coronavirus on Friday.

After first appearing in Wuhan, China, in December, the virus, has spread to at least 176 countries and regions, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.




The data shows more than 553,200 cases have been reported worldwide, with the death toll over 25,000, and more than 127,500 recoveries.

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CORONAVIRUS CASES

Live Updates COVID-19 CASES
  • World 17,778,646
    World
    Confirmed: 17,778,646
    Active: 5,918,125
    Recovered: 11,177,132
    Death: 683,389
  • South Africa 493,183
    South Africa
    Confirmed: 493,183
    Active: 159,007
    Recovered: 326,171
    Death: 8,005
  • Egypt 94,078
    Egypt
    Confirmed: 94,078
    Active: 49,635
    Recovered: 39,638
    Death: 4,805
  • Nigeria 43,151
    Nigeria
    Confirmed: 43,151
    Active: 22,707
    Recovered: 19,565
    Death: 879
  • Ghana 35,501
    Ghana
    Confirmed: 35,501
    Active: 3,223
    Recovered: 32,096
    Death: 182
  • Kenya 20,636
    Kenya
    Confirmed: 20,636
    Active: 12,130
    Recovered: 8,165
    Death: 341
  • Ethiopia 17,530
    Ethiopia
    Confirmed: 17,530
    Active: 10,306
    Recovered: 6,950
    Death: 274
  • Somalia 3,212
    Somalia
    Confirmed: 3,212
    Active: 1,557
    Recovered: 1,562
    Death: 93
  • Zimbabwe 3,169
    Zimbabwe
    Confirmed: 3,169
    Active: 2,098
    Recovered: 1,004
    Death: 67
  • South Sudan 2,322
    South Sudan
    Confirmed: 2,322
    Active: 1,101
    Recovered: 1,175
    Death: 46
  • Namibia 2,129
    Namibia
    Confirmed: 2,129
    Active: 1,953
    Recovered: 166
    Death: 10
  • Rwanda 2,022
    Rwanda
    Confirmed: 2,022
    Active: 911
    Recovered: 1,106
    Death: 5
  • Tanzania 509
    Tanzania
    Confirmed: 509
    Active: 305
    Recovered: 183
    Death: 21
  • Burundi 387
    Burundi
    Confirmed: 387
    Active: 82
    Recovered: 304
    Death: 1
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