Somaliland sets to close down all schools

by Akeem Alao
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In a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus, Somaliland’s government has disclosed plan to close down all schools in the country.

According to the statement released on Tuesday March 17th, 2020, by the government, schools will shut for four weeks.

“All public and private education institutions will be closed from March 19, 2020. This is part of several measures announced today by the interministerial task force for coronavirus outbreak,” the statement reads.

The statement adds that all mosques will limit the time of congregational prayers to twenty-five minutes.

The government will also be able to use all private facilities if needed.

All professionals with medical training are also called to voluntarily register with the ministry of health to be called for service.

Besides, the government has equally announced the ban of all public gatherings such as conferences, weddings, and sports events.

Somaliland, however, came short of suspending all international flights to and from the country.

The travel restriction imposed by the government only affects a few countries such as China, Italy, Spain, Kenya, and Somalia.

The last two countries on the list have announced their first cases in the past few days.

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