20 Jul ASSESSMENT REPORT OF The Economic Impact of the Global COVID-19 Outbreak on Puntland
Globally, 1,650,210 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed whereas the death toll is at 100,376 in more than 209 countries and territories as of 10th April 2020. According to John Hopkins daily updates, the pandemic has crossed borders of almost all countries in Africa except Lesotho and Comoros. 12,369 confirmed cases and 632 deaths have been recorded so far which gives some sort of hope for the continent as Africa still remains the least affected continent with the fewest cases in the World while on the other hand, the continent and specially Somalia’s insufficient health system and weak economic realities will make it incapable to cope with increase in morbidity and mortality associated with COVID-19.
In Somalia, the Minister of Health announced 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1 death on the 10th of April, 2020 in Mogadishu the capital of Somalia. However, cases reported in the neighboring countries are consistently rising, 56 cases have been reported in Ethiopia, 184 cases confirmed in Kenya and 140 cases in Djibouti. Although there has not been any confirmed case of the pandemic in Puntland State, the announcement of it reaching in Somalia has created panic within the Puntland population as fears of the possibility of the COVID-19 disease rapidly spreading to other territories of Somalia including Puntland. This calls for the Puntland Government to take effective measures to curtail the spread and to minimize both human and economic consequences.