COVID-19 pandemic in Puntland

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COVID-19 pandemic in Puntland
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Disease COVID-19
Virus strain SARS-CoV-2
Location Puntland, Somalia

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed in April 2020 to have reached Puntland, an autonomous state in northeastern Somalia. [1]

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Puntland recorded eleven cases of COVID-19 and at least one fatality due to the virus by May 2, 2020, though Puntland officials believed the actual number of COVID-19 infections to be much higher. [2] [3] Puntland is the region of Somalia with the second highest number of COVID-19 cases, after Banaadir, as of May 25, 2020. [1]

Timeline

March 2020

Puntland officials initially declined to close mosques when COVID-19 cases were confirmed in other regions of Somalia in March 2020. [4]

April 2020

The first confirmed case and death was reported on 23 April. [5]

May 2020

By 2 May there had been 11 confirmed cases of which one death. [6]

By May 2020, several Puntland government ministers and advisors to President of Puntland Said Abdullahi Dani had tested positive for COVID-19. [1] Puntland Health Minister Jama Farah Hassan stated that two Puntland government ministers had tested positive by May 8, 2020. [3] [7] Puntland's Minister of Commerce Abdullahi Abdi Hirsi first reported eye pain, a possible symptom of COVID-19, on May 6, 2020. [8] He sought treatment and was diagnosed with COVID-19 on May 9, 2020. [8] Hirsi had recently toured flood damage in Qardho, where he believes he might have contracted the virus. [8]

By 11 May there had been 84 confirmed cases of which four deaths. [9] A week later the number of confirmed cases had risen to 136. [10]

On May 25, 2020, the Agricultural Ministry announced the death of Puntland's Minister of Agriculture, the Environment, and Climate Change Ismail Gamadiid due to COVID-19. [1] Gamadiid had contracted the coronavirus in Puntland, but had been transferred to a hospital in Mogadishu for treatment for several weeks. [1] [11]

September 2020

By mid-September there had been 496 cases of which nine deaths. [12]

February 2021

By 8 February there had been 1182 cases. [13] By 26 February the number of confirmed cases had grown to 1349. [14]

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