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Somalia's president tests positive for COVID-19

On the 24th of June 2022, Friday, the newly elected president of Somalia, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud announced that he would be self isolating as he has tested positive for the corona virus. This follows a recent trip he made to the United Arab Emirates. He stated on twitter, "So far, I have no symptoms but I will continue to self-isolate and serve the people of Somalia from home. I ask we all keep each other safe by following public health advice and guidelines." The comments to his post were full of well wishes and replies hoping the president gets well soon.

After his election on the 15th of May 2022, the trip to the United Arab Emirates was his first official trip. The 66 year old president was previously president between the years 2012 and 2017 but his administration fell flat when there were alleged accusations of corruption and antagonism. According to the World Health Organization, 26 748 corona virus cases have been reported, with 1361 of the reported cases being fatal in the Horn of Africa.


The Somalia president's twitter account exudes how much of a humanitarian he is. His post about being corona virus positive works against stigmas and stereotypes surrounding the virus. Considering that most restrictions and bans around the virus are lifting, this shows that we still have to be careful in our social interactions. The president shows that it is ones responsibility to take care of themselves when positive with COVID 19. His decision to self isolate also shows how we should not be reckless, but instead we should take care of others by taking care of ourselves. Self isolation inhibits the spread of the virus and ensures that others are protected from infection. Hopefully, the president will receive proper care and medical attention to make aa full recover and continue to serve his people. This may also be seen as a reminder to everyone to continue to disinfect hands and surfaces, as well as stay aware of possible symptoms.



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