Puntland is not Coronavirus-free, according to discrete information obtained by Warsame Digital Media. There are at least two persons now suffering from the virus in Garowe alone, based on the information provided by people, who are familiar with the infected persons. These sick individuals aren’t in isolation and still are at large. The probability is that there could be more people with similar infections. But, nobody knows for sure how many others are out there as there is no capability in Puntland Health Sector to test people for Coronavirus infections.
It looks, therefore, that people within the Somali diaspora know better who is suffering from the deadly virus among their family members, relatives and friends here at home in Somalia.

This news reminds me of a recent interview by Burundi Health Minister, who had stated that the reason why Burundi didn’t have a single person reportedly infected was that Burundi didn’t have test kits to gauge into the existence of infected persons. That statement obviously holds the truth here too.

People should stay at home to avoid public gathering and often wash hands.

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Author: Warsame Digital Media WDM

About the blogger: This blog is associated with the former Chief of Staff in Puntland State Presidency, 1998-2005. He also worked with the UN and World Bank Joint Secretariat for Somalia’s Re-construction and Development Program (RDP), 2005-2006, as a Zonal Technical Coordinator for Puntland and later as National Aid Technical Coordinator with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and European Union. He is now an independent political analyst and commentator on current issues and occasionally gives historical perspective on modern Somalia’s politics. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He can be reached at:

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