Somali president tests positive for COVID-19

Somali’s new president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, said on Friday that he is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, shortly after returning from a trip to the United Arab Emirates.

“So far, I have no symptoms, but I will continue to isolate myself and serve the people of Somalia at home,” he said on Twitter.

“I ask that we all stay safe by following public health advice and guidelines.”

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The 66-year-old president returned on Friday from the UAE, where he made his first official trip abroad since his election on May 15.

Mohamud is a former academic and peace activist who was president from 2012 to 2017, but whose first government was dogged by allegations of corruption and infighting.

The troubled Horn of Africa nation has reported 26,748 cases of the coronavirus, of which 1,361 were fatal, according to the World Health Organization.

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