Somali health ministry on Thursday confirmed 55 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total numberof infections to 928.
Fawziya Abikar, the health minister, said 19 people recovered from the deadly respiratory disease, raising the total number of people who have been discharged from hospitals to 94.
Abikar said five patients succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of deaths to 44.
She said the majority of the cases, 41, were detected in Banadir, an administration area that covers the capital, Mogadishu, while 13 others were found in regional Puntland state and one in Hirshare state in southwest Somalia.
The minister said 37 of the latest cases are male while 18 others are female which are largely due to community transmission.
The World Health Organization has warned that if the virus transmission is not slowed down rapidly, the patient surge and increasing demand for health care will overwhelm the country's fragile health system.
The Horn of Africa nation has instituted measures to contain the possible spread of COVID-19 including closing schools, banning large gatherings and suspending international and domestic passenger flights. Enditem