Somalia lifts ban on international arrivals


Somali authorities have lifted a ban on international flights that was imposed shortly after the country recorded its first coronavirus case in March.

Information Minister Mohamed Maareye, who doubles as the government spokesperson, made the announcement after a cabinet meeting chaired by acting Prime Minister Mahdi Mohamed Guled on Thursday.

It was the first meeting since the removal of Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre last week, resolved that international flights resume on 3 August.

“After a lengthy debate, the cabinet ministers have decided to relax the coronavirus restrictions imposed on Somalia and agreed on the resumption of international flights from 3 August,” Maareye said.

The ministers also resolved that schools and universities would resume on 15 August.

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